Ever wonder what to do with all those gorgeous crystal prisms that you see in craft stores, or online? They’re so sparkly, and look so beautiful when they catch the sun just right. They deserve to be wrapped in a way that accents that sparkle with just enough glamour to add to their beauty, but without covering up too much of their sparkle.
In this lesson I will teach you how to make a pendant with a bail that resembles the head of a cobra. This design works well on many types of focal beads. I’ve even added a modified version of this to cabochons that were captured in a border wrap. But it looks particularly striking on crystal prisms.
The instructions show a version with a very simple weave for the front piece of the bail. However, if you prefer, you can use different weaves for the front piece to create different looks for each pendant you make. You can even twist the wire instead of weaving, or simply add beads to the weave. Because of the layering effect of the bail, this design also works well if you are going for a mixed metal look.
The prism used in this lesson is 11mm wide and 38mm long. You can use other sizes, but if you use a larger focal, you will need to start with more wire to compensate for the size. The photos show a focal that is drilled from side to side, however, it is easy to modify this design for a front drilled focal as well.
If you are looking for crystal prisms for this project, you can find them in my supply shop, https://wireandbeadsupplies.com/product-category/other-supplies/prisms/
Skill Level: Advanced
• 16” (40.6cm) 20 gauge (.8mm) round dead soft wire
• 8’ (2.4m) 28 gauge (.3mm) dead soft round wire
• 1 top drilled focal such as a long teardrop bead, prism, etc.
• Chain nose pliers
• Wire cutters
• Bail making pliers with a 7mm barrel or a 7mm mandrel
• Round Nose Pliers
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