Making a Jewelry Wire Bail Finding --
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Step 9 Teardrop Bail Jewelry Making Finding Alternative Configuration (Continued):

Step 9:  Remove the wire from your jig.  At this point the wire should appear as shown at right.  The teardrop shape in our wire is essentially permanent because the bend in the wire sets the teardrop shape.

Step 10:  In this step we are beginning the process of shaping the wire so that it will pass through the hole in your pendant.  Grasp the long wire segment immediately below the teardrop with the tips of your bent chain nose pliers as shown below-left. 

Step 11:  Bend the wire about 30 degrees as shown below-center.  In order to bend the wire, push the long wire segment with your thumb on your dominant hand while you hold the bent chain nose pliers in your non-dominant hand.  When you push the wire, have your thumb as close to the pliers as possible.  This will cause the bend to be crisp or sharp and not rounded. 

Step 12:  Now we need to reposition our grip on the wire so that we can make the bend that will cause the wire to pass horizontally through the hole in your pendant.  Grip the long wire segment about 3/16" below the bend in the wire that you made in step 11.  See the picture below-right. 

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