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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To help keep your wire wrapping tight you can use the tips of snipe nose pliers to gently squeeze the coil together.
Use side cutters to cut the wire as close as possible to the coil.
For a neat finish use snipe nose pliers to squeeze the end of wire into the coil.
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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 from our jewellery making kits.
The products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that stocks can vary, so do use your own judgement as to the compatibility of each item when making.
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