Making a Jewelry Wire Bail Finding --
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Step 5 Teardrop Bail Jewelry Making Finding Alternative Configuration (Continued):

Step 5:  Using your round nose pliers, grasp the teardrop loop as shown at right.  Please note that your goal is to grasp the loop slightly off-center on the side of the loop with the short wire segment.  The reason for this is that in the next step we are going to bend the long wire segment down and want it to be in the center of the teardrop loop after we bend it down.

Step 6:  Bend the long wire segment down.  When completed the wire should appear as shown below-left. 

Step 7:  Now we need to replace the wire on the jig.  We do this so that the teardrop pattern in the pegs will support the teardrop pattern in the wire and allow us to start wrapping the wire at the appropriate position.  Place the wire on your jig as shown below-center.  Try to get the wire firmly against the pegs with as little gaps as possible.  Please note that the short wire segment is on the bottom, with the long wire segment on the top.

Step 8:  While holding the wire firmly against the pegs, lift the short wire segment up and over the long wire segment as shown below-right.  We started this wrap with the wire on the jig so that we could precisely begin the wire wrap and  preserve the shape of the teardrop.  We will complete this wrap in a later step. 

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