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Wire Wrap a Bail on a Teardrop

About this Tip:

Wire wrapping comes in all shapes and sizes. Here's one example that we hope you'll love.


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
String a 4” piece of wire through your teardrop.
Step 2:
Bend the wire with your fingers at both ends of the hole and cross the wire ends over each other. I usually leave one end longer than the other.
Step 3:
Using your chain nose pliers to bend the longer end so that it points straight up.
Step 4:
Grip both ends of wire just below where they cross, so that they can be secure while you wrap the shorter end.
Step 5:
Wrap the shorter end twice around the longer end.
Step 6:
Using your wire cutters, cut the piece you just wrapped and close the coil.
Step 7:
Bend the wire at a 90 degree angle up from the coil.
Step 8:
While keeping your grip with the pliers, wrap the wire over the top round nose.
Step 9:
You want the two wire ends to meet up.
Step 10:
Continue gripping the wire with your pliers and wrap the end around the wire.
Step 11:
Remove your pliers and grip the loop with your chain nose pliers, continuing to wrap the wire around, creating a coil. Wrap as many times as needed to meet up with the other end.
Step 12:
Cut remaining wire with wire cutters and press in the ends with chain nose pliers.

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  1. Marla
    Marla says:

    That would make a nice pair of earings. Thank you.

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    Zulay C says:

    Great tutorials!make it so easy to learn a technique

  3. DB
    DB says:

    I’ve always been a little afraid to try the wire wraps but this looks so easy I have to give it a go! Thank you.

  4. BLR
    BLR says:

    i always have trouble doing this type of bail; i think i will try your method. thank you!

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    Catt M says:

    I just discovered this site! Great site, great photos and great products!

    I will be back

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    M Bonetpels says:

    I love this. I could make a great pair of earrings with this way of wire wrapping! Thank you!

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    terryhardee says:

    thank you. I’ve always wanted to try this

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