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Wire Wrapped Peridot Briolette Earrings

Wire Wrapped Peridot Briolette Earrings

These beautiful peridot faceted teardrop briolette beads look beautiful hung off earwires. This project uses basic wire wrapping techniques for a simple yet effective design.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Start by wire wrapping the briolette bead. Use side cutters to cut your wire to length - we recommend a length of wire approx 15-20cm for wire wrapping briolettes.

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.

Hold both sides of the wire with round nose pliers and bend the longer length to a right angle. At this point, work half way 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.

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. 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.

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.

Click here for step by step instructions with photos of how to wire wrap a briolette.

Using snipe nose pliers, twist open the loop of the earwire and attach the loop of the briolette bead before closing.

Repeat the process for the second earring. Your design is now complete!

SUGGESTED TOOLS FOR THIS PROJECT

Side cutters

Flat or snipe nose pliers

CUSTOMISE YOUR KIT

Make the design your own by using your favourite jewellery supplies

Shop briolette beads

Shop earwires

HELPFUL PAGES

How to wire wrap a briolette bead

Read our wire wrapping advice pages with tutorials

JEWELLERY MAKING BOOKS

The Basics of Bead Stringing by Debbie Kanan

Beading Design by Kim Glover


The suggested products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that gemstones are natural and hand cut stocks can vary, so do use your own common sense as to the compatibility of each item when making.

Read our full step by step tutorial on how to wire wrap a briolette bead here.

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