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Step 15 to Jewelry Wire Bail Finding Jewelry Making TechniqueStep 15:  Now we need to bend the wire using our bent chain nose pliers so that it will easily go through the hole in our pendant bead or gemstone.  To start this process grip the wire with the tips of your bent chain nose pliers and bend the long wire tail about 45 degrees as shown at right. 

Step 16:  In this step we need to measure so that when we bend the wire, it will ultimately be horizontal through the pendant.  Hold your pendant in position and measure how much wire you will need.  Grip the wire above this point with the tips of your pliers and bend the wire so that it will be horizontal as it goes through the pendant.  This requires a bend of about 135 degrees.  See the picture below-left.  The pendants that we really like with this bail finding can be found here.

Step 17:  Slide the long wire tail through the hole in your pendant.  You may need to adjust the wire slightly by hand so that it is horizontal inside the pendant and the wire to the circles is vertical.  See the picture below center-left. 

Step 18:  Using your fingers, bend the wire tail up at the point where it passes outside the pendant.  Bend it until it crosses the vertical wire segment below the circles as shown below center-right. 

Step 19:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grip the wire near the pendant and bend it 45 degrees so that it will be perpendicular to the vertical wire segment below the circles.  See the picture below-right.  We are preparing to wrap the long wire tail around the short wire segment below the circles.  To do this, we want the two pieces of wire to be perpendicular to one another. 

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