In my previous post, I discussed that I made my own bails for the pendants for my necklace project. A while ago I tested out this with sheet metal (coated copper) and showed the results in this post. My silver arrived, so I used similar steps with the silver as I had done with the coated copper.
The steps I took were:
- Cutting lengths of the silver to size using snips intended for metal.
- Trimming both ends to a slight curve.
- Filing the cut ends so they’re smooth and won’t catch fabrics.
- Curling the bail over the shaft of my awl, lining up the curved edges.
- Punching a hole in the bail with a punch intended for metal.
- Aligning the holes around and over the hole in the pendant (or coin as below).
- Using a purchased rivet to set the bail in place using a very small hammer.
I used a needle to align the rivet and the bail/pendant.
I did try to make my own rivet using wire, however I didn’t have the right tool to start the rivet.