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15 Ways to Attach a Jewelry Pendant

Apr 9

You find yourself sitting in your studio with your pendant in hand. How do I attach this pendant to a chain wire or cord?

You say to yourself I'm going to keep it simple and direct. I can drill a hole and put the chain through it, or maybe I can add a jump ring through the hole. What is the best answer?

The fact is, there are many best answers. It all depends on your design. We're going to take a look at it, at least fifteen different approaches to attach to your pendant.

For over two thousand years humans have had the same question that you had. They came up with a solution - use a bail.

What is the bail?

A bail is a simple piece of metal folded over with the pointed end, soldered, or riveted to the pendant? The other end is a loop for the chain to go through. Straight forward and direct

There are thousands of variations on the bail? A bail could be any kind of device that will make a connection from your piece of jewelry to a chain. For this article, we will call all of them bails.

The examples that I'm going to show you are only the examples that are not finished pieces. There are few finished pieces in here, but let's take a look from the basic pale and do something else with the bail. This one is designed for the piece is the bail itself. Don't be afraid to experiment around and make total designs using the basic bail, and this one is, the jump range is simply soldered onto the forged wires and the chain has been run through.

This example uses three jump rings, which spreads the chain, which gives a real nice interesting effect.  Jump rings are attached directly to the chain and to the piece itself, the jump rings could be the bail or the forced wires could be the bail that is attached to the piece itself. Taking the jump ring idea a little bit further the coil the jump rings and instead of cutting them, spread them out and solder them to the back, makes a very handsome bail.

You can take to force wires in your design and use them directly as a bail as in this one, where the forged wires, curled up and used as a bail itself.  Forged wire, can be a decorative forged wire and then soldered onto the back, using as a pale multitude of different ideas and decides for this one.

You can take a wire and flatten it that and then spiral it and solder it to the back of your piece of piece. It makes kind of a nice secure, taking those forged and spreading the coils peaks. A kind of nice visual-looking piece can be used very effectively as a bail.

This one has a single piece of tubing that has been filed at a diagonal and soldered on the back of the piece. This bail has used a piece of tubing with an extension soldered onto it, which is then soldered onto the back of the piece. This can be used as a very effective design minimalist effect would be using the tubing and simply solder it onto the piece itself you can take to read and saw and split it into an open, ended up and make some very handsome. Tubing does not necessarily have to be horizontal it can be vertical. In this one, where the runs through it and wraps around the two yo-yo type. This bail has the two running through it, which is then soldered on cheese and the peace.

This can be integrated into any type of initial pendant necklace design. This bale is a domed sheet that has two holes cut in the side where the butterfly necklace chain runs through it.  A very unique and quite satisfying bail. As you've seen, there are many variations on the bail and attachments from pendants to change or wires. The only limitation is your imaginations. Don't be afraid to experiment and try different ways of attachments and try making your own designs on a bale.

Check out some of these other designs - Letter R Pendant Necklaces, the Popular Letter Q Pendant Necklace and the Letter S Necklace in Gold

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