Securing Half-Drilled Briolette?

by Autumn.
(North Carolina)

Securing Half-Drilled Briolette?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I purchased some beautiful top half-drilled briolette quartz beads today.

I want to make earrings from them, yet I do not want to use glue of any sort.

I personally just don’t like glue; and I had bad experiences using it with knotted pearls.

I’ve “screwed” a steel bail into a half-drilled quartz before and it broke a chip off at the hole, so I’m hesitant to go that route again without advice.

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  1. Autumn, could you possibly wire-wrap these briolettes? Like you, I rarely use glue in jewelry – I always feel better using other materials to hold things in place. 🙂

  2. marlene says:

    My experience with half drilled beads is that you almost always have to use glue. Pearls that are put on a peg type of setting are glued as far as I know. Usually epoxy is used.

  3. I use the little bails that are made for briolottes, just cut off a bit then I do use a teeny dot of glue just for security.

  4. Rena, these can’t be wrapped unfortunately.

    Marlene and Leslie, I was afraid of that. I don’t like glue. Plus it seems ridiculous to buy a bottle for these tiny beads. I’ll probably never use glue again if I did.

  5. Glue. They make special findings for them but they are meant to be glued on, 330 epoxy (a two part epoxy) is so strong that I cant remove stones even if I want to!

  6. Fran Selinger says:

    Would your local bead shop let you “borrow” some of their glue?

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