Kate Richbourg's How to Make a Briolette Wrap, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Findings, Clasps, Components, Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry. Briolette beads make a great accent at the end or wire-wrapped components in earrings and necklaces but they can be a bit of a challenge to wrap.
How to Make a Briolette Wrap
by Kate Richbourg
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Making Findings, Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Briolette beads make a great accent at the end or wire-wrapped components in earrings and necklaces but they can be a bit of a challenge to wrap. Here is a simple way to wrap these beads with a rosary loop so you can easily add them to your wire wrapped segments. The trick to getting the loops to stay closed is using a ready-made eye pin or half-hard wire.

Materials

24 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-24H
  • Lesson Quantity: 3.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $0.95
  • Gold Club Price: $0.71
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Any briolette bead
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Instructions
Step 1
Use a readymade 3" eyepin or make this component by turning a loop at the end of a 3" segment of half hard wire using round nose pliers. Place this wire through the bead hole leaving about 1/8" of wire from the bottom of the loop to the bead hole with the remaining wire exiting the hole on the other side.
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Step 2
Grasp the 1/8" of wire using chain nose pliers and push the wire diagonally towards the point of the briolette and then straight up. The wire should conform to the shape of the briolette and leave a clear space of wire to wrap around above the point of the stone.
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Step 3
Cross the remaining wire over the top of the briolette to form an "X" at the tip of the stone.
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Step 4
Grip this wire with the chain nose pliers and make three tight wraps from the tip of the stone to below the loop. Use flush cutters to cut away the remaining wire and tuck in the tip.
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Step 5
Open the loop using chain nose pliers and attach to your component of choice and close securely
Congratulations! You've made your first Briolette Wrap!
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