by Deborah Kelly
9 inches 14-16 gauge wire (depending of size of the cab)
4-6 feet of 24 gauge wire (more for a larger cab or bail)
Flat or chain nose pliers
Round nose or bail making pliers
Shape the large gauge wire around the back of the cab, start at the bottom of the cab with the middle of the wire, making it slightly smaller then cab.
This works for cabs of all shapes.
Wrap the 26 gauge weaving wire around the 18 gauge on one side of where the wire comes together, at what will be the top of the cab.
This is the start of the bail.
Cross between the two wires sticking up from where the wire was shape around the cab and wrap 2 times around the other large base wire.
Bend the two base wires to form a V to make a nice widening of the bail as you weave up it.
Continue the weave up the bail wires in the cross thru pattern.
If the bail gets about ¼ inch wide bend the base wires parallel to each other to maintain the width of the bail.
Weave bail about 1 ¼ inches long.
Once the bail is about 1 ¼ inches long bend the bail wires sharply back to each other, then bend the bail wires parallel to each other again.
Continue the weave to where the bail wires meet each other.
Then wrap weaving wire around one of the bail wires 3 times.
Do a three two wrap (three times around one base wire then twice around both wires and repeat) a few times.
Cut off the weaving wire and smooth with pliers (cut any weaving wire tails off and smooth with pliers)
Bend the bail a little to what is going to be the front of your pendant with round nose or bail making pliers.
Next bend the bail around the bail making pliers to the back side of the pendant to make the bail.
Any other round object the size you want your bail to be will also work.
Bending the bail to the front and then bending around to the back side of the pendant helps center the bail right above the pendant so it hangs better.
Once the bail is the desired shape, take the ends of the bail wires and cut off to just below the bottom of your pendant frame.
Curl bail wire ends around and position touching the edge of the frame wire.
Take a small bit of weaving wire and secure the ends of the bail wires to the frame.
A couple wraps will work.
Start and end your securing wires on the front side of the frame so the back of the cab will cover them.
Take the rest of the weaving wire and wrap 3 times around one side of the frame wire by the bail.
Wrap so the long end of the weaving wire is next to the bail.
Take the weaving wire to the other side of the bail and then thread the weaving wire thru the frame going up from the bottom to the top.
As you pull the wire thru a loop is formed.
Put the tail end of the weaving wire thru it.
The weaving wire should come up thru between where the wire was crossed from one side of the bail to the other.
Take the weaving wire through the frame from the back of the frame to the front about 1/8 to ¼ of an inch from where it went around the frame by the bail, making sure to bring the tail of the wire up into the loop created by going thru the frame.
The closer together these loops the smaller the netting, the further away from each other these loops are the larger the netting is going to be.
Continue making loops all the way around the frame wire.
When you reach the beginning of your netting put your weaving wire up thru the bottom of the first loop made.
Continue the second row of netting, try to put the wire up in the center of the loops.
I like doing two rows before putting the stone into place.
Once the second row is finished flatten out the netting some and fit the stone into it.
Shape the netting up and around the sides of the stone.
Continue netting, while pulling the wire while making the loops pull towards the cab so the netting goes over the cab.
The smaller or more tapered the sides of the stone cab the less rows need to be done.
Continue netting around till the cab is secure.
Once it is secure it is time to end the netting.
Take the weaving wire and thread it thru on the netting on the previous row right next to one of the loops.
Repeat threading the wire thru on the first round of netting done pulling the wire so it lays right next to the netting wire.
Wrap weaving wire around frame wire 3 times and cut weaving wire.
Smooth down with pliers.
Enjoy your new pendant and make some more with different shapes and colors.