I am not overly fond of beaded bails.  I prefer a simpler approach, one which perhaps focuses on the beaded portion of the work a bit better.  If you are of like mind or simply want a quicker way of completing a project, then this tutorial on how to make a jump ring bail for beaded cabochon pendants is for you!

The Preciosa Pip™ beads were from Best Beads and the design was featured on the giveaway post. The beginning of the beaded cabochon project was part of a beading session conducted by Stephanie Dixon at the Grand River Beading Society where I am a member.

I took it home to finish. The cabochon became off centered in an oval design with the pip beads as a double fringe a the bottom.

I then cut 2 small slits in the backing ultrasuede as indicated by the red lines.

Make sure you do not put any glue in between the slits when gluing the work to the backing.  Check with a needle!

Complete the edging beads as you like.

Find jump rings that fit the size and style of your design.  Here I used 18G 1/4 inch bronze rings from my chain maille supplies.  Use just one to go through the slits. Close it.

I like to put more than 1 jump ring for the bail portion - not only does it look better, but will give a more balanced look for what is a bottom heavy design.

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