Briolettes are one of our most popular beads! They are so beautiful and are perfect for adding to earrings and necklaces. Take a look below at the many ways you can transform briolettes into beautiful pieces of jewellery and get all the jewellery making supplies you need.
A briolette bead is a pear-shaped bead with facets which makes them sparkle beautifully in the light! Briolettes are usually fully drilled so you can easily add them into your designs by wire wrapping or adding the thread.
Once you've mastered the skill of wire-wrapping, you won't be able to stop making! It is such a popular jewellery making technique which allows you to get creative with so many designs. Below we show three slightly different briolette designs using wire wrapping techniques.
Wire wrap a briolette bead with a loop and simply thread onto your favourite thread for a minimal design.
Another great way to feature a briolette bead is to create two loops either end of the bead and attaching to chain to create an elegant necklace.
Jewellery wire is available in various metals including copper, brass, plated, sterling silver and gold.
For wire wrapping a briolette bead, we recommend using 0.3mm - 0.5mm wire depending on your chosen bead and design.
Sometimes you just can't beat a minimal design and briolette beads are perfect for this! Simply add to your chosen beading thread for a simple yet pretty design. A great gift idea for any gemstone lovers in your life.
Watch our video below showing you how easy it is to make your own...
Take a look at some examples of minimal briolette necklaces below...
Flex-Rite is available in a range of metals and diameters to suit your designs. This lightweight and strong thread is great for floating necklaces and hanging pendants.
Bell caps are used to attach gemstones or unusual shaped items which can be easily attached to earrings, necklaces or bracelets as a simple yet beautiful embellishment. Creating handmade jewellery using bell caps requires very little tools and supplies - meaning these magical caps are perfect for jewellery making beginners. All you need is glue to set the stone, we recommend using Devcon Epoxy glue.
Create a simple necklace by gluing the bell cap to the briolette and hanging from a chain using a jump ring.