DIY Tube Bails Out Of Polymer Clay – Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial

DIY Tube Bails Out Of Polymer Clay – Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial

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Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday Findings video at
KeepsakeCrafts.net. As I’ve mentioned several times, I love being
able to make my own jewelry findings and customize them so that they are exactly what I want
to go with my project perfectly. And I’ve gotten requests from many of you
to make more findings out of polymer clay. So today I’m going to show you how to make
a simple tube bail. So the first thing you’ll need for making
your bail is a little bit of wire. I have 18 gauge. You could also use 20 gauge and you need to
cut just about a 1″ piece of the wire. This is going to make the hook that is going
to be embedded in the polymer clay so you can use this as a bail to hang a pendant from. So just center your piece of wire in your
round nose pliers or bail making pliers, depending on how big you want to make it to decide how
big of a loop you want. I’ll make it about as big as these pliers
can go. It’s about a 4mm loop. Then just bend that wire in half around the
pliers. Then grab those ends with flat nose pliers
and just bend them out and that’s that. Just make sure that the wires are on the same
plane in all directions so they will fit nicely inside your tube bail. If you need to, you can trim these shorter
depending upon how wide you’re going to make your bail. So once your bail is made, you need to get
out your polymer clay and we’re actually going to make this is 2 layers. I tried a few different ways and I found this
was the easiest. So this bit of clay has been rolled out on
about the second or third thinnest setting on my pasta machine. It’s a number 7. It’s about just under a millimeter thick and
I’ve also prepared a dowel and this is how big I want the inside of my bail to be and
you can use anything you want as a form. It just depends on what you’re using as a
stringing material how much of a hole do you need in there for your material to go through. So this is a 1/4″ dowel and I’ve wrapped it
with a piece of paper and taped the paper and the paper and the tape are just fine in
the oven that you bake your polymer clay in, a 275 degree oven. So now I’m just going to trim to the width
I want my bail to be, make sure I have a square end, and then go ahead and wrap it around
the paper. And then we’ll just wrap. I don’t know if you can see that line there
that it made, but that shows me where to cut. I’m gonna cut just inside that line. You get a neater finish if you have to stretch
the clay over a little to make it neat rather than if you have too much and it overlaps
and that’s just kind of messy. And I’m just gonna rub this a little. You don’t have to have a perfectly smooth
seam as this is going to be hidden and if you find you’ve distorted your sides at all,
you can straighten them out with your blade, but if you have a gentle touch it should be
fine. Then this is going to go into the oven. I put it in for 20 minutes, probably 10 minutes
would do, but I tend to bake things longer rather than shorter. And here’s one I did earlier, all baked and
hard. Just go ahead and leave it on the paper and
leave it on the dowel for now. And now you need another sheet of your clay
and this one’s a little bit thicker. This one I rolled out on 3 or the third thickest
setting on my pasta machine. It’s about 1.5mm thick. If you want to have a textured bail, now would
be the time to apply a texture. This is kind of a fun set of Christi Friesen
textures that I got called random textures, which is best for this is some kind of random
texture. It can be tricky to keep it neat. You can do it, but it’s easier on yourself
if you just start with a random texture. Now I’m just going to trim one edge and then
my short edge at a 90 degree angle and then I’m going to flip this over and just line
up one edge of the pre-baked bail and give it just a light press is all you need. Not a lot of pressure, just enough to mark
how wide you want to cut this. You may have to trim it later, but if you
cut it just right that’s fantastic. And then I’m going to, just for strength purposes,
make sure that I don’t start on that seam. Go ahead and roll this and then go ahead and
do the, oh I forgot. You do want to apply just a tiny bit of liquid
clay. You don’t want to add much because it will
get slippery and just be really difficult to manage. So I dipped my brush in and then I wiped off
both sides of my brush. You can hardly see it. It just makes it tacky. Like I said if you add too much, it just slips
and slides all over the place and is rather difficult to manage. And once again, let the clay mark where you
want to stop and then cut just inside that line. Add your little metal piece that we prepared
earlier and this is really the only fiddle-y part. I have a clay shaper here. I really love this tool. I use it a lot to smooth that seam and I’m
going to do it, not try to do it all in one push, but just lots of gentle little nudges
of the clay, and yes, we will have to re-texture this part, which is why I suggested using
a random texture and not something with a lot of straight lines that need to line up. You don’t need to use a lot of force. If you do, you’ll just get something distorted. You just want to use a lot of little nudges
and pushes. You can take the smallest crumb of clay, I
mean tiny. Roll a little tiny rice shape and pop it right
in there and then smooth that out. This isn’t production work. This is one of a kind sort of stuff that it’s
our work and our artistry and you’re probably going to be hanging a nice pendant that you
created from this so you want it to be nicely done. So I hope you’ve been encouraged and inspired
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how you can help out for as little as a dollar a month or whatever you can afford. One thing I like about this textured sheet
by Christi Friesen is that it’s not just square edged. It has all these innies and outies and I found
that helpful here because I put it on here and just kind of put the texture back in. Now these edges are all wonky because of the
texturing. Take your blade, sharp side towards the clay
please, and just ever so carefully start cutting until you feel the edge of the baked clay. The sharp edge is against the paper, the edge
of the blade is against the baked clay and then you can just roll it around and clean
up. That wasn’t bad at all and if need be, we
can clean this up further after baking by sanding. I was able to do it earlier a little bit neater
than this, but it can be tricky to do it for the camera. So once you take all the time to get it just
nice. Now one thing to remember, one thing I had to kind of get over, as a cook, most
of us have baked for our families, baked cookies and cakes. So you’re making a
cake, you take something that looks like a gloppy
mess, you put it in the oven and out comes cake or brownies. It just gets better. It doesn’t work that way with polymer clay. With polymer clay, what you put in the oven
is exactly what you get out. It’s not going to be any better so make sure
before you put anything in the oven that you really take the time to look it over and make
it exactly what you want it to be because that’s what’s going to come out of the oven. So here’s one that I made earlier and this
came out pretty nice with straight edges. Actually it’ll go like this, have a nice thick
cord going through it. If you wanted to refine these ends more you
could like I said, sand, and you could even add more clay. You could add a little extruded rope of clay,
a shape or something to finish off those ends if you like, but there’s the basic premise
and now I hope you’ll take it and run with it and make your own bails. I thought this one would be a lot of fun and
of course you can do all sorts of things with these. I’m coloring this with Gilders Paste. You can brush them with mica powders before
you bake them, add Gilders Paste or whatever you like to get exactly the look you want
and if you want to learn more about Gilders Paste, I’ve done a whole Friday Findings video
on using those. So if you’re interested in the supplies I
used, click on the little ‘i’ or the tag in the upper right of the video or the link in
the description box to go to my blog post where I always have a complete supply list
with links to the products. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already
and take a peek at my Patreon page for how you can get great rewards and help support
these tutorials. Happy creating. Bye bye.

15 comments

  1. Hi Sandy that's a really cool idea for bails,and pendent bails cold be made in the same way awesome, thankyou🌹🌺🌹🌺🌹

  2. Thank you Sandy for all the inspiring polymer clay and wire bale making tutorials. Definitely some great ideas!

  3. Great tut as usual Sandy.. I’m gonna order some wire. And thanks for giving approximate thickness of the clay for those of us without a decent pasta machine..

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