Topics: Bail, Pendant, Stone

I have a beautiful jade leaf focal that has no hole. How do I make a bail to attach it to a necklace?
- Bari
If the stone has an open place in the design for a hole, a drill hole could be made to accommodate the assortment of ice-pick bails and other pinch-style bails that are available. A good measure of lapidary skill, as well as the right equipment, is necessary to drill holes in stone, regardless of their hardness and porosity. Safety measures include use of protective eyewear and breathing protection, and good ventilation. Consult a lapidary source to do this properly.

An assortment of glue-on bails are available and would make a good conversion for your jade leaf if there is a flat spot where a bail can be attached. If you choose this method for changing your focal into a pendant, use a strong glue, such as epoxy which is ideal for gluing non-porous surfaces.

Wrapping wire around the jade leaf in a decorative manner and then fashioning a bail from the wire is also an option for converting a focal piece into a pendant. For inspiration view the ''Wrapping Stones and Beads with Half-Round Wire'' how-to video.

- Sandra Lupo, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist and Instructor

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