Monday, January 11, 2010

How to Use the Bail Forming Pliers Tutorials

There are many tools you can use to coil wire and make consistent sized loops. The bail forming pliers is yet another option which can help you make connectors, clasps, ear wires and jump rings.

I bought the large sized bail forming pliers because I already had other tools like the 3 step loop forming pliers and wanted to avoid duplication. It makes two different sizes of rings - 9 mm and 7 mm.

The inspiration for this tutorial are these beautiful cubic zirconia fans  from Art Bead's cubic zirconia collection. These are not flat at all and presented a design challenge! They are shaped and holed such that depending on which side you display, the fan can be broadside down or up. They are on the small side (18 mm x 12 mm) so I used the bail forming pliers to make some decorative figure 8 connectors for this wire working project. For earring inspirations check out Tammy Powley's CZ faceted fan earring tutorial.


Making Connections
First cut about 4 1/2 " of 20 G wire. Straighten it if necessary. Grasp the wire somewhere close to the middle.

Now wrap one end completely around one cylinder - I've rotated the pliers anticlockwise to show the wire ends going in opposite directions.

Take the wire end on the right and wrap it around the other cylinder and down the other side.

Now this is the part which I suspect frustrates people. Take the wire form off the pliers and you can see it looks unfinished. The trick IS to remove it and reinsert the pliers to complete the formation.

First reinsert one of the cylinders.

Now take that wire end and wrap it completely around the cylinder.
Do the same for the other loop. Now you have the figure 8 connector!

You can trim the wires close to the middle of the figure 8. I chose to leave a bit more wire to do some decorative loops.

Some light hits with a plastic mallet or harder flattening whacks with a hammer will work harden the work.

Here is the completed necklace focal featuring the cubic zirconia fan. I wired three of these connectors to a simple double eye looped wire bearing the fan pendant and some clear crystals. All it needs is two chain lengths on either side and the clasp to complete it!

Making Clasps
As the bail forming pliers has 2 size loops, you can make S-clasps with them very easily. Cut a 3" length of 18G wire. Make a small loop at one end. Then wrap that end around one of the cylinders of the pliers.

Don't complete round the wire around the cylinder. You need a straight part to the clasp. So grasp the wire as you see in the picture.

Now wrap the rest of the wire around the second cylinder as far as it will go. Trim the wire and form a small loop.

Bring in the looped ends closer to the stem of the S. I hammered my clasp to flatten the big loops and added some decorative wire wrapping.

If you'd like to include a bead in the clasp, check out Sharilyn Miller's beaded clasp tutorial. She is a bail forming pliers virtuoso! I really like how she flattens the ends of the wire before making the small loops.

Making Ear Wires
If you look at the clasp tutorial pictures you will see the beginning of making ear wires! I found the bail forming pliers so easy for this task, I am going to retire my marker pen mandrel and use them instead. The wire doesn't need to be as long as you see in this picture. 2" should do the trick. Use the larger cylinder.

I used the larger cylinder but you can also use the smaller one if you prefer daintier earrings. Make 2 earrings at once to speed up the process.  See this video tutorial :



Check out my past tutorial on how to make ear wires with variations for further tips.

Check out this popular and easy way to make all in one earrings with headpins, small beadcaps and beads of your choice.

Making Jump Rings
You can also make jump rings in 2 sizes. Check my past tutorial including the video on the 3 -step loop forming pliers to follow the motions required to form the wire around the cylinders.

If you don't have a jewelry saw set up, remember to flush cut the rings properly - alternate the flat side of your pliers as you cut each ring so you get two flat ends per ring.

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12 comments :

Tamara said...

Aaa-mazing!! That's gorgeous - and what's more... your tutorial makes me feel like even I could do this (so far I've been kind of a 'dud' when it comes to wire work). Thank you once again Pearl. Brilliant!

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

Wow! This is a fabulous tut!!! I'm sooo going to have to get one of these tools. I love all the options it provides and your finished focal is stunning! It is now officially on my wishlist!
-Stephanie

Jacquelyn said...

I've wanted to purchase a pair of bail making pliers for awhile. I will now that I've read your blog. It does make it much easier to make things the same size each time. By the way, these are beautiful.
-Jacquelyn
http://doodlebugfairy.blogspot.com

Azure Islands Designs said...

Great pliers Pearl...I've a pair of the three tiered ones, but never used these kind!

Love what you did with the fan CZ...looks so pretty!!!

Cheers

Shaiha said...

Thank you!! I have had some of these pliers gathering dust as I wasn't quite sure how to use them

Adventures with Millie Making Jewelry said...

Great information as always! I'll need to get a pair of bail forming pliers!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Man I want a pair of those pliers! There are so many cool tools and materials for the jewelry maker, aren't there? I want them all!

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Wonderful tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

Almost Precious said...

I must confess; I ran across this wonderful post many weeks ago and was intrigued by this tool. After searching the internet I located several sites selling these pliers and ended purchasing a pair of Wubbers. I love them and now want to purchase the two other sizes that are available. Oh well, what's money? Easy come, easy go...hm, no, actually it goes much more easily than it comes. :D

The Beading Gem said...

I love my Wubbers! I have two sizes which I use all the time. Heck, most of us could spend a fortune if only our budgets would allow us to!

Mixed Kreations said...

Great tutorial Pearl. I have a pair of bail forming pliers, and I love them. Use them all the time, making my own jump rings, chain links, etc. Never thought about leaving extra wire on my figure eight connector to make decorative loops. Love your cubic zirconia fan focal. Thank you for sharing.

Pearl Blay said...

I so agree with you about the bail forming pliers being one of the most versatile tools! Thanks for the kind words too!

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