Making a Triangular Jewelry Wire Bail Finding --
An Advanced Beginner's Jewelry Making Technique -- Page 24

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Triangular Jewelry Wire Bail Jewelry Making Finding Step 17Alternative Configuration (Continued):

Step 17:  Change your grip on the wire as shown at right.  You want to grip both sides of the wire immediately above the pendant bead or gemstone.  The goal by griping the wire here is to preserve the shape of the wire above the pendant bead or gemstone while you wrap the wire around the wire segment between the pendant bead and the triangles.   

Step 18:  Push the wire tightly around the wire segment between the pendant and the triangles in wire.  Your goal is to wrap the wire around 180 degrees one time.  Half-hard will naturally wrap tighter than soft wire.  See the picture below-left for how the wire should appear after the wrap. 

Step 19:  Remove your pliers from the wire and the wire will appear as shown below-center. 

Step 20:  Using your thumb and forefinger on your non-dominant hand, tightly grasp the triangles and hold them while you wrap the initial wire segment (with the loop) tightly around the wire between the triangles and the pendant.  Wrap as many times as is required to fill the space in the wire as shown below-right.  You may find that using your bent chain nose pliers to help push the initial wire segment around will help allow you to wrap tighter.  You will also find that 1/2 hard wire will wrap tighter naturally while soft wire will be more difficult to get a tight wrap. 

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