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Default How to make and fit Traditional Bell Bewits

Following the thread I did on making Jesses I have been asked several times to do a similar thread on making and fitting traditional Bell Bewits, so here goes. I should point out that this is how I make them and other people will have slightly different methods I'm sure.

Start off with a strip of leather as shown in Pic 1 it needs to be a strong leather with virtually no stretch, also pull the leather in each direction to find which way to cut it so it has the least amount of stretch. The strip you cut needs to be wide enough to just go through the bell, and about 6" or 15cm long.
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Default Re: How to make Traditional Bell Bewits and fit them

Next you will need to taper the ends like this.
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Fold the strip in half to find the center point.
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Then punch a small hole just slightly to one side of the center of the strip.
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Feed the strip through the loop on the Bell, like so.
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Hen feed the end through the small hole.
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And simply pull it tight.
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Default Re: How to make Traditional Bell Bewits and fit them

at this stage you will have to use a little imagination as I will show you how to fit it to the bird.

You need to measure the Bewit around the leg of the bird above the anklet Sometimes the ring on the bird is quiet tight and you would therefore fit the Bewit above the ring as not to push the ring tighter on the leg, however normally you would fit it below the ring.

Having measured the leather around the birds leg, pinch it or mark it so that its not too tight, make sure you can find these marks after you take it away from the bird.
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Default Re: How to make Traditional Bell Bewits and fit them

Next you need to punch a small hole where you marked the leather whilst it was around the birds leg.
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Default Re: How to make Traditional Bell Bewits and fit them

Now at this stage you could punch the final hole but if this is the first time you have made Bewits and fitted them I would encourage you to fit them first to ensure they are not too tight or too loose, and then remove them to punch the final hole.

So with the leather around the birds leg simply feed one end through the hole and pull until it fits just right.
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