Learn how to stitch up a simple butterfly bail that's easy to attach to all kinds of beaded pendants. It's composed of two "wings" of strung beads that emerge from a center "base bead" in the front.
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Position Your Beading Thread
You can stitch the bail using a new length of beading thread, or use existing thread that you used to stitch your pendant. You'll need a minimum of about ten inches of thread to complete the bail.
Weave through the pendant beadwork (making a few half hitch knots along the way, if you're starting a new length of thread) and bring the needle out in a logical place to center the bail.
In the example, the needle was brought out half way through a stitch that contained a total of six beads.
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String the Beads for the First Wing
Pick up enough smaller beads to make a little strand that, when wrapped backward to touch the edge of the pendant, is large enough to slip over the jewelry chain, cord, or beaded rope for your necklace. The example uses size 11/0 Miyuki seed beads. Slide these down against the base bead.
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Anchor the Wing in the Beadwork
Turn the pendant over, and anchor the first wing by passing through two beads; one on each side of the place where your thread exited the pendant in Step 1. Pull the thread taut.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Reinforce the Bail
Although the bail is now complete, it's a good idea to reinforce it by passing through both wings one more time. First, pass up into and all the way through the first wing, from back to front. Pass down through the base bead. Then, pass into the pendant beadwork again just enough to navigate to the back of the second wing. (In this example, this required going through just one bead in the pendant beadwork.)
Pass up into and all the way through the second wing, down through the base bead once more, and then back into the pendant beadwork.
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