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Look no further if you need to make a bail that is functional, good looking, and easy to produce.  A great way to finish your pendant in just 7 simple steps.    

After a forged form is curved, you can widen the form by using a wide raising hammer. Using a curved stake will also work. The heavier the stake, the faster the metal will move. 

I often make several pieces at a time and go from the pickle pot, to the rinse sink, to the corn cob meal for a super quick way to dry pieces off in between steps. You can also use it right after applying a patina to avoid finger prints. I have also kept files in a bag of it during long moves and travel to keep moisture from creating rust spots.