Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Bails and Beads
It was one of those "happy accidents" that lead to the making of this bail a few months ago. I had apparently made a toggle bar that was way too long and had for fun wrapped some copper wire around it and then left it to one side of my soldering station. Weeks later I came upon it and thought it could be salvaged if I added two more loops --one on each side and completed the wire wrapping along the entire piece. It took one of my talented customers buying it to clue me in that it could be a viable and desirable jewelry component.
Today I am sharing several of these bails that I have made since. I have just added a few of all of them to my Etsy shop, as well.
And now for a look at how some art beads will look on the bail: I will begin with a Diane Hawkey pendant which I recently purchased from the Ceramic Art Bead Market on Facebook. This is the first bead by Diane that I have ever owned and I am so taken with it. I have admired her work for years and am so pleased to have one carefully packaged up in my bead stash.
Next I tried out a bird bead by Gaea also from my personal collection
I tried out a long bead from Something to Do Beads and it looks great in this rustic setting
Something to Do Beads
And finally one of Claire Maunsell's pod beads
I hope you enjoyed seeing how a handmade bail can be versatile enough to be used with a variety of art beads.
Thanks so for stopping by today!! See you again next month.
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Great new designs made possible with your discovery. Well done!
EXTREEEEMLY cool and creative! Now this shows me a brain at work. I love to see the creative process.
Lovely, these bails are full of character and rustic charm
Absolutely love this bail! It is gorgeous with the solder on it. I am meandering along the same lines in polymer, but this is much more beautiful and more fully realized! Inspiring, Mary!
I love these! Great way to set off art beads - with an art component!
Wow. What a great component! I love the way it can work with so many different styles and materials of art beads! You are a marvel, my friend! Enjoy the day! Erin
I need some in my life!! Brava!!
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