How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead (Video)

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 29

by Rena Klingenberg.

Here’s how to wire wrap a briolette bead, so you can use it as a pendant, earring dangle, or other component:



Here’s what you’ll need for this practice session:

  • 1 Briolette or Teardrop Bead – I’m using an opalite glass teardrop bead. (Technically, briolettes are faceted, not smooth like my teardrop bead.)
  • 6″ (15.2 cm) Round Wire – use the thickest gauge of wire that fits comfortably through the hole of your bead. Many gem briolettes need very thin wire – 24 or 26 gauge; the bead I’m using in this video can handle 20 gauge. If your wire is thinner than 20 gauge, I recommend using half-hard wire. For 20 gauge and thicker, use soft wire.
  • Wire Cutter
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flat Nose Pliers

How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead - video by Rena Klingenberg

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

Wire Jewelry by Rena Klingenberg

Earrings – from my Face-Framing Wire Earrings tutorial.

Pendant – from my Zen Spiral Pendant tutorial.

Necklace Cord – from my Leather Choker for Pendants tutorial.

How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead - video by Rena Klingenberg

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