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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  • jaime surgil says:

    Hi Rena,
    I’ve been wanting to see how you experts wrap briolettes and the video was most helpful! I would also like to see how you wrap a briolette where it’s covered on top as I’m bot sure how/where to end it, thanks!

  • Nicole Green says:

    Hi Rena,
    I am so glad I watched this video. I thought I knew how to wrap a briolette, but decided to see if I could learn anything from you. You definitely are an expert. Thanks,

  • Patti Adcock says:

    Rena, thank you so much for answering my question. You make everything look so easy and professional. I was wondering regarding copper wire, is “half-hard” available? I used a smaller-gauge wire because it was so much easier to wrap than thicker wire, but it ended up looking messy, and not the arty “messy” either. I know I just need to practice this more, and probably use better tools.
    Your site is such a blessing. Thanks again.

  • Pauline says:

    You’ve answered another question as to why I don’t do a great job of wrapping briolettes. I broke a swarovski crystal, and I gave up. The problem is the wire being too hard for the delicate crystal. I may just give the technique another go with a softer wire.

  • zoraida says:

    Thank you for this great video! Despite all the wire wrapping I’ve done, I’ve always had problems wrapping briolettes. They just don’t turn out well for me. Perhaps your video will help me do this better. Thanks 🙂

  • claire says:

    Lovely 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at creative Mondays …

  • Ashley says:

    I am loving your wire work – so pretty!

  • Just saw this at Marvelous Mondays – I’ve been wanting to learn how to do this for awhile now, so the video is just what I needed! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • This is a really cute necklace, I love the simplicity of it! Thank you for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  • Vickie says:

    This is a great tutorial! Thank you so much. Maybe someday I will try to do something like this, but alas I have two left thumbs!

  • That is a wonderful tutorial video. I pinned this to my ‘Crafts’ Board. Thank you.

  • Sara says:

    Awesome work! Thanks again for sharing on my blog hop!

  • Darlene says:

    Hi Rena, great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing. I am adding this to my to do list. 🙂

  • I love your wire wrapping. I have been doing some lately, and it is lots of fun.
    Have a great week.

  • This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF!


  • Linda says:

    Awesome, Rena. Thanks for showing how! Linda

  • Diane says:

    Very pretty. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week. Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Linda says:

    Thanks, Rena, as always the best tutorials on the net…. Linda

  • Susan says:

    I’ve never tried jewelry making. But your beautiful projects inspire me to try a whole new craft! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  • So gorgeous!! Such a wonderful tutorial.

  • Niki Palomino says:

    Rena, As always, this tutorial is wonderful.
    I have a question, where do you recommend I buy my jewelry making tools. I am new at this and have no idea where to start.

    Thank you so much in advance.


  • Vasu says:

    Love your tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  • Sylvia says:

    Hi Rena,

    What a great tutorial ! I just started working with wire, and I realy love it!
    Many thanks from the other side of the world!
    Sylvia from Holland (Netherlands)

  • This video is so useful. Could we have a photo or video of a “messy” wrap too? Thanks.

  • Jane Wallace says:

    Hi Rena Thank you for sharing your expertise on wire wrapping a briolette. What I would really like a tutorial on is how to make a bracelet that has wire wrapped beads joined together just by wire wrapping the next bead to the last one. I know I am not explaining myself very well but I do not know what else to say. I know I can take a bead and make a wrapped loop on each end and then use jump rings to join them together and make a bracelet, but I want to be able to make it without the jump rings joining them together. Do you have a tutorial and can you figure out what I mean. Could you please send me an email letting me know your answer. Thank you again for all of your genuine help I so appreciate it.

  • Hi Jane, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I have an upcoming tutorial on that – stay tuned! 🙂

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