Friday, November 18, 2011

New Coiled Wire Bail for Polymer Clay Tiles

First I am happy to report the little bird was safely rescued. Heather helped me open the BIG window and with very little fanfare we were able to shoo the little guy on his way.  Amazing how much easier it was without the cats in hot pursuit.

Here is a photo of the the birdie perched atop a framed fashion print. (My clay room use to be my sewing room.)

Then he flew over to a basket sitting on top of a cabinet in the corner.  He stayed up there until we got the window open then, with a little coaxing from Heather standing on a chair, he flew down to the open window and made his way to freedom.

Okay here is my New Coiled Wire Bail.  I was thinking about ways I could attach polymer clay tiles to the ball chain when it occurred to me

 Click on the photos for a closer look.

First I tried it with 3 polymer clay tiles.

That went well so I tried it with 5 tiles.  This is how it looks before I added the chain.

Now with the chain.

This is the back side... so it will work for reversible tiles too.

I  made these tiles years ago. I always meant to use them on a bracelet but I like the way they look as a necklace.

I made these tiles years ago too.... for a pendant and earrings.... I added a couple tube beads and made a necklace instead.

I wanted to see how the coiled bail would work on oval beads. I got a little carried away with this one.... kept adding beads and doodads.... I'm not crazy about the black beads in the center....  may have to take it apart and start over.  Here it is before the chain.  The color is off, I always have trouble with purple...they look blue, they are not blue, trust me they are purple.

Here is with the chain.

I hope to make a bracelet by using the coiled bails on both sides of the tiles.... I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Love this technique. I've used coiled wire as a single bail but your techniques ROCKS!! Your clay work is beautiful and the spacing with the coils makes a lovely spacing and adds style.

    Penni Jo

  2. The purple one (with the black beads) is my favorite! What a cute new concept!

  3. Thanks Peej. I use the single coiled bail often too... don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.

    Thanks Jackie. Glad you like it. I'm still not sure about the black beads.