How To Wire Wrap A Briolette

The following page gives step by step instructions on a simple, yet great technique for jewellery making - wire wrapping a briolette. This technique requires a little perseverance to produce neat and consistent results, but on the whole it is an easy process to master and requires few tools.

The end result allows you to create beautiful and elegant gemstone jewellery. Wire wrapping a briolette is very similar to wire wrapping any other bead, but with a briolette you can choose whether you would like to continue to wrap the wire down the top part of the bead to form a cap.

Tools Needed

Side Cutters

Round Nose Pliers

Components Needed

Metal Wire ( we recommend 0.3mm gauge as in general, this fits through most briolette holes) 

Gemstone Briolette

We Have Used

0.3mm Sterling Silver Wire

Aqua Blue Chalcedony Briolette

Using this tutorial we then attached our wire wrapped briolettes to some sterling silver large kidney wires to create some gorgeous earrings. 

Step 1

Using side cutters cut a length of wire approximately 15 - 20cm long (it is easiest to have a little extra wire than you will actually use, as it gives you more to hold onto and grip whilst wrapping the wire).

Slip the briolette onto the wire around 3-4cm down.

Step 2

Ensuring one side of wire is longer than the other - pinch both ends of the wire together at the top of the briolette to form a triangle shape and check that the briolette is centred.

Step 3

Hold both sides of the wire with your 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. 

Step 4

If necessary use side cutters to cut the short side of wire so that it stops at around the same point as bend on the longer side of wire.

This will determine the length of your wrap.

Step 5

Use your round nose pliers to form a loop with the longer side of wire by bending it to a right angle and wrapping it around the tip of the pliers.

Make sure the loop is above the end of the short side of the wire and centre of the briolette.

Step 6

Hold the loop flat between the tips of your snipe nose pliers

Take the long length of wire between your fingers and holding it taught, start wrapping it around the stem of the wires - starting at the base of the loop and working down towards the bead. 

Step 7

To help keep your wire wrapping tight you can use the tips of snipe nose pliers to gently squeeze the coil together.

Step 8

Continue to wrap until you reach the top of the bead.

You can finish your wrapping here or you can continue to wrap around the top of the bead to form a cap.

Step 9

When you are happy with the length of your wrap bring the wire up and around toward the loop.

Step 10

Use side cutters to cut the wire as close as possible to the coil.

Step 11

For a neat finish use snipe nose pliers to squeeze the end of wire into the coil.


Your briolette is fully wrapped and ready to be incorporated into your design!

Jewellery Design Examples

Wire wrapped briolettes can be incorporated into such a variety of designs. Here are just a few examples of what you can create with them.

Take a look at our 'Make The Look' jewellery making kits, featuring lots of briolette jewellery projects to have a go at!

These earrings were created with two aqua blue chalcedony briolettes and simply hung on large sterling silver kidney ear wires.

These gorgeous earrings incorporate chain to create a drop effect.

To make this design you simply need to attach your wire wrapped gemstone briolette to a chain using a jump ring.

Read our advice page on opening and closing a jump ring.

For this project, we have wire wrapped three briolettes to sit with alongside of our sterling silver cherry blossom charms.