How to “Bail Out” a Pendant

Sometime I make a really great pendant and then realize I did not think about how I was going to hang it on a cord. I am going to supply you with some quick and easy ideas on how to add a bail to your polymer clay pendant.

First are the non clay solutions:

Add a jump ring and run the cord through it.

Or a jump ring with a bail added.


Here is a wire wrapped bail I made.


Or you can add a screw eye to the clay before or after it’s baked.


Sometimes you can find interesting filigree findings and connectors that can be folded in half to create a bail. They can add a really nice design element.  It will need to be glued in place for it to be permanent.


Then there are pinch bails. They come is different colors and designs.

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Glue on bails can be handy too.

Here are some ideas if you want to add a bail made of polymer clay:

You can make a tube of clay ( I wrap clay around a knitting needle and bake. Remove the clay while it’s still warm) and attach it with liquid clay, which will obviously need to be baked again to be permanent.

A fold over clay bail can be fun, too.

I extruded a flat strip of black clay and looped it through the holes I cut in this domed pendant.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angela
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 13:29:45

    Awesome ideas!


  2. Jean daniels
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 05:44:41



  3. jkwrabbit
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 11:53:18

    Recently I just took a piece of window screening and folded it over. Love your ideas.


  4. Chris W
    Jan 16, 2017 @ 06:43:37

    Fabulous tutorial/pics on different bails for polymer clay pendants! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful information.


  5. Miriam
    Oct 26, 2018 @ 22:50:28

    Thank you. Have managed to destroy 2 pieces because I didn’t think about it first. Your suggestions are great !


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