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« on: February 20, 2012 09:10:13 PM »

I'm just learning how to make jewelry, and so for my birthday, my dear boyfriend put together a kit for me with all the pliers, findings, and beads he thought I would need. He also gave me a couple of curved beads with three rings... Like these: http://www.buy.com/pr/product.aspx?sku=220233867&sellerid=22428122

What am I supposed to use these for? Can anyone help me find jewelry pieces made with these? I could use the inspiration. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012 04:11:01 AM »

You can used the curved bead with the three rings on it as a "bail". A bail is something from which you hang a focal pendant or beads or whatever you like. Try putting a few beads on a head pin, use the pliers to make a loop on the top of the head pin, and then attach the pin (with the beads attached) to the bail. Hang two more of those beads-on-a-pin from the other two loops on the bail. Then use the bail as the centerpiece for a necklace.

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012 04:14:58 AM »

Here's a link that explains how to put a bead on a head pin and make a loop on top for attaching to another item. In your case, the "other item" would be the bail rather than the earring pictured.



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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012 11:47:47 AM »

The item you linked to is fairly uncommon...it's a "bail" for 3 different dangles or pendants or whatever-you-want.  Usually bails are loops attached to something that squeezes onto or gets glued onto a single pendant/etc (to attach it to cording), and your "loop" is actually a tube in this case.

You can basically dangle anything you want from each of the 3 loops on this bail. You'd often put a round "jump ring" or the loop at the top of an "eye pin" through those loops then attach those to your dangle if the dangle isn't already on the eye ring (like a series of beads, for example); that's usually done to give the dangle more flexibility in orientation and dangliness.

pics and explanations of eye pins, head pins, and jumprings:

more on bails (scroll down to the links that go to images of the different kinds of bails)

Wireworking is a load of fun btw, and getting some pliers and basic supplies is a great start.  
You can easily learn to make your own eye pins, jump rings, findings like earwires and hook clasps, etc, as well as other stuff, for example.
Check out this page at my site for more on learning how to do those things, other info about wireworking, info about pliers, other things to do with wire, etc.:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm (...click especially on BASIC WIRE SHAPES)


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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2012 09:53:59 PM »

I just wanted to say, what a thoughtful bf! I should get my husband to read this post...buy me beads for my birthday. Good luck making something with your cool kit.

I'm addicted to polyclay and beads right now. HELP!
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012 02:53:03 AM »

I agree with the above poster, next year I am asking for beads/stones/chain for my birthday! You could string the tube onto leather or leather like cord and add beads to the hoops for a bracelet (I am bonkers for bracelets lately ;-) )
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