These beautiful pink amethyst faceted drop briolette beads are a pretty shade of purple and look stunning as droplets on the flower. This necklace project uses basic wire wrapping techniques for a simple yet effective design - perfect for a jewellery making beginner!
1. Start by wire wrapping the briolette bead. Use side cutters to cut your 0.3mm sterling silver wire to length - we recommend a length of wire approx 15-20cm for wire wrapping briolettes.
2. Slip the briolette onto the wire around 3-4cm down. Ensure one side of the wire is longer than the other - pinch both ends of wire together at the top of the briolette to form a triangle shape, making sure the briolette is central.
3. Hold both sides of the wire with round nose pliers and bend the longer length to a right angle. At this point, work halfway up the plier nose to ensure you allow yourself enough room for a good wrap. If necessary, trim any access wire on the short side with side cutters.
4. Use round nose pliers to form a loop with the longer side of the wire by bending it to a right angle and wrapping it around the tip of the pliers. Before securing the loop, thread in the bottom left loop petal of the flower. Hold the loop flat between the tips of snipe nose pliers and take the long end of wire and use your fingers to tightly wrap it around the stem of the wires - begin at the base and work downwards.
5. Use snipe nose pliers to gently squeeze the coil together and continue to wrap upwards until you reach the top of the bead. Once you're happy with the wrap, use side cutters to trim excess wire and squeeze the end into the coil for a neat finish.
6. Repeat the process and hook onto the bottom right loop of the flower.
7. Next It's time to wire wrap the rose quartz and the amethyst briolette. Take the wire and form a loop one end using the round nose pliers, leaving a short length one side of the loop. Before you begin to wrap the wire, catch in the loop of the flower. Take the shorter length of wire and wrap it around the longer length to create a tight neat coil, 2 or 3 twists should be enough. You can use your pliers to help hold the wire whilst wrapping. Slip the briolette onto the wire around 3-4cm down. Ensure one side of the wire is longer than the other - pinch both ends of wire together at the top of the briolette to form a triangle shape, making sure the briolette is central.
8. Hold both sides of the wire with round nose pliers and bend the longer length to a right angle. At this point, work halfway up the plier nose to ensure you allow yourself enough room for a good wrap. If necessary, trim any access wire on the short side with side cutters. Cut of any excess wire as close to the coil as possible then use the snipe nose pliers to make sure it's tucked in and there are no sharp points.
9. Thread the bead onto the open end of the wire then place your round nose pliers after the bead and bend the wire to a right angle. Carry on the process to wire wrap the briolette.
10. Open the jump ring with snipe nose pliers and thread in the top flower petal and the chain before closing.
Your design is now complete!
Make the design your own by using your favourite jewellery supplies
JEWELLERY MAKING BOOKS
The Basics of Bead Stringing by Debbie Kanan
Beading Design by Kim Glover
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