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Monday, August 1, 2011

Finishing the bail and a wooden ring

Here is the fairy flower focal with a piece of nice chain I would like to use. When making a bail this is the first choice that should be made.The size of the chain shall indicate how big the opening in the bail should be. To do it by finding a chain that fits the bail after its done may limit your design choices.

I used some 14k gold filled wire about 16 ga round half hard to make the bail. Using the rod from my jump ring tool, I made 5 coils about 2 mm bigger than the chain.

The chain slides through with ease and doesn't bind up.

To attach the bail I bent the petal forward and inserted the wires through, trimming to a short length and bending them at a sharp right angle to hold the bail firmly.

Folded against the filigree and nearly invisible, the wires are secure.

And when you turn the pendant around the bail is secure and hidden from view. The flower seems to float in front of the chain. Next I will use Renaissance wax to seal the copper , add a closure to the chain and send it to Etsy. Hopefully it will find a home.

This is another on going series of rings...houses. This is made from Cordia wood from Mexico and Andaman Island Padauk for the roof.Next time we will return to the doll box and search for the right foot for a necklace(or will it be a left foot?). See you then.


  1. This is a very unique use of what I call the Amourelle Florette filigree, Harry. The backing piece comes from a very old die that is seen both in old Haskell and Amourelle pieces (a line developed, I THINK! by Miriam Haskell's nephew and Frank Hess, who headed Haskell jewels for a long time in its heyday) Our Russian Goldplated finish is very close to the plating used on their pieces. This is a great pendant, I love the look of it.

  2. Hey...

    The ring you made with your hands are amazing..
    The rings are very beautiful in their design, styles and beauty.
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