Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These simple briolette wire wrapping techniques will get you going quickly.

We’ll start out with two teardrop or briolette beads:

Beads for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and then create a wire wrapped bail on each of them, with my easy step-by-step instructions:

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then you can turn them into earrings or whatever purpose you might have for them.

Supplies:

  • 2 briolette or teardrop beads.
    My briolettes are glass beads, about 14mm x 12mm.
  • Soft round wire, 20 gauge.
    (You might use Artistic wire; or craft wire; or regular copper, brass, silver, etc. wire.)
    You’ll need 2 pieces of wire, each 10″ (25.5 cm) long.
    (Make sure your wire will fit through your briolette bead holes.)
  • Wire cutter.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Round nose pliers.

How to Make a
Wire Wrapped Briolette:

Tip:
You can also see my video, How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead (Tutorial), for a slightly different technique.

Cut your 2 pieces of wire, 10″ (25.5 cm) long:

Wires for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll work on one briolette at a time.

Pick up one of your wires, and place your flat nose pliers about 2″ (51mm) from one end of the wire:

Getting ready to bend the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to make a bend that’s a little sharper than 90-degrees – so that your wire looks like this:

Bending the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now string one of your briolette beads onto the long end of your wire, so that the 2″ (51mm) wire end sticks up above the top of your bead.

Placing briolette bead on the wire - Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the long wire end right next to your bead:

Bending the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and bend the long wire upward until your wires cross above the tip of your bead:

Bending the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the longer wire end just above where it crosses the shorter wire. Bend the longer wire so that it now points straight upward:

Bending the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the shorter wire end, right where it crosses the longer wire. Bend the shorter wire so that it now makes a 90-degree angle with the longer wire:

Bending the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll wrap the shorter wire end around the longer wire end.

Use your chain nose pliers to grip both wires, between the top of the bead and the place where the wires cross:

Wrapping the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to grip the shorter wire:

Wrapping the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and wrap the shorter wire around the longer wire – for a total of 2 or 3 wraps.

You’ll get the smoothest, best wraps if you keep your shorter wire pulled taut, wrapping firmly as you go:

Wrapping the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your wire cutter to clip off the remaining end of your shorter wire.

Cut the wire as close as possible to the wraps you just made.

Trimming the wire for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire and briolette bead should look like this:

First wrap for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make a wrapped wire loop above the wraps you just made – and then we’ll wrap the wire down to cover the top of the briolette bead.

With the tips of your round nose pliers, grip your wire above the wire wraps you made.

Bend your wire over the top of your plier jaw:

Starting the second wrap for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Move your pliers to grip the longer end of your wire, right next to the bend you just made. Then wrap the wire around your plier jaw to form a loop, with the long wire end pointing straight out in back:

Starting the second wrap for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use your flat nose pliers to grip the wire loop you just made.

Start wrapping your long wire below the loop you just made, and keep wrapping smoothly around your other wires, working downward toward your bead:

Creating the second wrap for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and then continue wrapping around the top of the bead itself.

When you have a small tail of wire left, use your flat nose pliers to squeeze gently down on the wire wraps you just made:

Finishing the final wrap for Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of your wire tail:

Finishing the wire tail - Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and curve the wire around your plier jaw to make a little curve or open spiral:

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Or, if you don’t want the small open spiral on one side of the bead, you can trim that wire end to just a few millimeters long, and use your chain nose pliers to tuck it up under the last wraps you made:

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This briolette wire wrap is finished!

Here’s a view of front and back sides together:

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now you can do your second briolette wire wrapping with the same techniques.

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Your Own Wire Jewelry?

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Comments

  1. This tutorial was EXCELLENT because of its’ clear directions and pictures!

  2. Thanks for this tutorial. Was excellent! I learned so much with you. A really good teacher!

  3. Thank you so much, Julie! I appreciate knowing you found it so helpful. 🙂

  4. Rena,
    Thanks for being so generous with tutorials and tips. The vast majority of work I do is off-loom seed bead weaving, so I’m at a bit of a loss with wirework – though I do own the basic tools and have a number of wire spools in different colors and gauges.
    Do you think 22 gauge wire might work for this? I’ve been attempting to make my own earwires but they always come out a little wobbly… I’m not sure if the problem is with my skills or the thinner gauge (probably both) but this project looks to me like it might work with the slightly thinner wire… I’d love any advice on this topic! Thanks again 🙂

  5. Hi Allie! Yes, I think 22 gauge wire would work for wire-wrapping briolette beads – especially smaller briolettes.

    And if you were interested in making earwires from 22 gauge wire, I would recommend getting full-hard or half-hard wire so the finished earwires will be sturdier. You can also work-harden your wire using the methods I mention in 6 Ways to Make Higher Quality Wire Jewelry.

    For more info about wires to use for earwires, you can see my post, Earring Wire Guidelines.

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