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The best bail for your project

A list of different styles and types of bails, to help you find the perfect fit for your next jewelry project! 
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The addition of a bail to any jewelry project makes attaching charms and other handmade knickknacks a breeze. Bails can also be used for sliding pendants into place or as a support for your favorite cabochon. 

Now that you're ready to get bail-friendly, which one should you use? Scroll through the below list to help you decide. 


bail with loop


These bails work well for attaching charms. If your charm has a jump ring, remove the jump ring so the charm will hang correctly. Attach the charm and the bail’s open loop. Close the loop. Bails with loops are sometimes called charm bails.



glue on bail


Glue-on bails have a large, flat back that can be glued to flat objects, like cabochons. Use epoxy, cement, or jewelry adhesive.




pinch bail


A pinch bail has spreadable pegs that go through the hole of a pendant. You can attach a pinch bail with your fingers, or use a pair of chainnose or nylon-jaw pliers to finish fitting the bail. For a briolette, use a pinch bail with pegs perpendicular to the top loop.



Screw In bail


Screw-in or peg bails are used with beads that have half-drilled holes. Make sure that the half-drilled hole is large enough to accommodate the peg.




Tube bail


A tube bail has a wide tube that will accommodate leather or cord. The tube bail shown has a soldered ring, so a jump ring is necessary to attach a pendant.  Use a small tube bail when stringing flexible beading wire.



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