Ferris’ Cowdery Profiles Create Necklace Bale Design Time Saver
The task of designing a wax pattern for a necklace bale has always been a time consuming process…until now.
Thanks to the brilliance of the unique Cowdery Profiles from Ferris, a craftsman-quality bale can be made in significantly
less time versus one made totally by hand. The process is simple…just follow the step by step instructions included below.
(Note: These instructions are for a 6 mm, wide bracelet.)
Start by selecting one of the three sizes of Cowdery Profile Bales which best fits the size needed for your design.
Square the end of the wax using dividers set for the widest part of the bale. (See Fig. 1)
Scribe a line around the wax at the width you want the widest part of the bale to be. (See Fig. 2)
Using a jeweler's saw, cut just outside the line, then square and smooth with a file (See Fig. 3)
Using dividers, scribe a center line around the piece. (See Fig 4)
For ease in handling the bale while finishing, attach a piece of 2 to 3 mm round Profile wax long enough to make a good handle. Use a hot wax pen for attaching. (See Fig 5)
Using the dividers, make two lines on the small end or the bottom of the bale to create the desired taper. (See Fig. 7)
Lastly, shape the bale inside and out, using files, burrs, etc., to create the shape of the bale you want to achieve. (See Fig. 7)
Figs. 8-12 present a range of ideas that illustrate the multitude of bale designs you can easily create using the unique Cowdery Bale Profiles…exclusively from Ferris.
Even the masters appreciate a design shortcut!