In the pictures of the earrings and necklace jewelry above we show jewelry made using a finding called a pinch bail, an ice pick bail or just a bail. This finding appears as shown at right when viewed from the side. Shown at left is an example of how this finding would appear when attached to a gemstone. This finding is called a pinch bail because all you need to do to attach this finding to an appropriate gemstone is to position it properly with the two prongs in the bail finding positioned in the front and back hole on the gemstone and then you simply pinch the bail finding closed using your fingers. In some cases it may be better to use nylon jaw pliers or bent chain nose pliers to help pinch the bail closed, with the two prongs of the bail meeting in the hole in the gemstone.
This type of finding works best when used with gemstones with a .8 to 1mm front-to-back hole. The pinch bails work perfectly with our 18mm Flat Pear CZs and our 22x30mm Pear Pendants as shown above.
Please note: With some gemstone pendants you may find that you need to file the prongs on the bail finding to make them thinner. You may also find some gemstone pendants that are thinner and will require you to cut a small amount off the end of the prongs to shorten them. We suggest using a jeweler's file for the filing and a flush cutter where you need to shorten the bail's prongs.
We have two types of pinch bails. The majority shown above have no loop at the top, while the bail shown above-right has a loop at the top. Without the loop, our item 3435 in gold-plated and 3437 in sterling silver can be used as is to make pendants for necklaces or can be used with a jump ring to make earrings. With the loop, our item 3436 in gold-plated and 3438 in sterling silver can be used as is to make earrings by directly connecting the ear wire to the loop in the bail.
Summary of Jewelry Making Instructions:
Whether you want to make earrings using cubic zirconia gemstones or pendant necklaces, these pinch bail findings are a very easy way to make jewelry and are entirely suitable for beginners to making jewelry by hand. If you can open and close a loop using bent chain nose pliers, you can make jewelry with our bails and our 18mm Flat Pear gemstones. Our instructions for opening and closing loops can be found here.