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Pear Shaped Pendant Earrings

Instructions for making Pear Shaped Pendant Earrings using common jewelry supplies and jewelry hand tools:

Earrings Made with a Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Finding

Earrings Made with a Bail Jewelry Making Finding and Lavender CZ gemstones.

Earrings Made with an Ice Pick Bail Jewelry Making Finding, common jewelry supplies and pink sapphire gemstones.  Pendant Necklace Made with a Pinch Bail Jewelry Making Finding, common jewelry supplies and sapphire gemstones.

Pendant necklace made with pinch bail finding, common jewelry supplies and topaz gemstone.  Lavender necklace made with pinch bail finding, common jewelry supplies and lavender CZ gemstone.

Pinch Bail Jewelry Making FindingSide View of Bail Jewelry Making Finding showing how to make earrings using chain nose pliers jewelry tool.

In the pictures of the jewelry above, we show jewelry made using a finding called a pinch bail, an ice pick bail or just a bail.  This finding appears as shown at right when viewed from the side.  Shown at left is an example of how this finding would appear when attached to a gemstone.  This finding is called a pinch bail because all you need to do to attach this finding to an appropriate gemstone is to position it properly with the two prongs in the bail finding positioned in the front and back hole on the gemstone and then you simply pinch the bail finding closed using your fingers.  In some cases it may be better to use nylon jaw pliers or bent chain nose pliers to help pinch the bail closed, with the two prongs of the bail meeting in the hole in the gemstone. 

These are beginner's jewelry making projects.

Jewelry Making Supplies Required:

Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

This type of finding works best when used with gemstones with a .8 to 1mm front-to-back hole.  The pinch bails work perfectly with our 18 mm Flat Pear CZs, as shown above. This finding also works with our 22x30mm Pear Pendants.

Please note:  With some pendants, you may find that you need to file the prongs on the bail finding to make them thinner.  You may also find some pendants that are thinner and will require you to cut a small amount off the end of the prongs to shorten them.  We suggest using a jeweler's file for the filing and a flush cutter where you need to shorten the bail's prongs. 

We have two types of pinch bails used for making earrings or necklaces.  The majority shown above have no loop at the top, while the bail shown above-right has a loop at the top.  Without the loop, our item 3435 in gold-plated and 3437 in sterling silver can be used, as is, to make pendants for necklaces or can be used with a jump ring to make earrings.  With the loop, our item 3436 in gold-plated and 3438 in sterling silver can be used as is to make earrings by directly connecting the ear wire to the loop in the bail.

Whether you want to make earrings using cubic zirconia gemstones or pendant necklaces, these pinch bail findings are a very easy way to make jewelry and are entirely suitable for beginners.  If you can open and close a loop using bent chain nose pliers, you can make jewelry with our bails and 18mm or 22 X 30 mm pear gemstones. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

Some jewelry making projects are so easy that you have to wonder if step-by-step instructions are required.  This is one of those projects.  If you want a quick, easy to make earring project that makes expensive looking earrings, this may be what you are looking for.





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