August 18, 2019
When you’re looking to create beautiful Swarovski inspired jewellery, as well as the crystals themselves, you’re going to need a few accessories. When working with Swarovski pendants for example, two things you’re going to need are bails and caps.
There are a lot of different bails and caps available, so it’s important to know which ones you’ll need to use. Here, you’ll discover some great tips to ensure you’re choosing the right bails and caps for your Swarovski pendants.
Ensure you’re choosing the correct size
You’ll find that bails and caps for Swarovski pendants come in a variety of different sizes. Therefore, the first thing you’ll want to do is ensure you’re investing in the correct size.
One of the easiest ways to determine which size you need is to use a slide gauge. Simply open the gauge up to the size of the bail you’re thinking of using. Then, leaving them open, place them where the bail will go on the pendent. Does it look like it would be too big or small? If it does, keep following the method for different sized bails until you find the size which closely fits the Swarovski pendants you’ll be working with.
Pay attention to the bail and cap material
As well as being sold in a variety of sizes, bails and caps also come in a variety of different materials. At Bluestreak Crystals, we stock a range of different style bails and caps including:
It’s important to consider the style of the Swarovski pendants you’ll be using. You can either choose a bail which closely matches the colour of the pendant, or you can create a more unique look by choosing a bail which slightly contrasts with the Swarovski pendants.
What are the most common bails available?
Another thing you’ll need to consider is the style of bails you want to invest in. Bails with a loop tend to be the most popular, though these are mostly useful for attaching charms to jewellery. When it comes to working with Swarovski pendants, the pinch style bails are definitely your best option.
These are just some of the main things to consider when choosing bails and caps for Swarovski pendants. They may seem like a very small part of the jewellery design, but they can make a surprising difference to the look of the end product.
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The official Swarovski Crystal Size Chart can be found below. To download / print a PDF version of this colour chart, please click here.