Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to Make and Wire Wrap Briolette Earrings


I recently received my Art Beads package - always a lot of fun as I am challenged either for designs or for crafting a blog post! It was an eclectic mix in the order so there will be more than one post. The beautiful and sparkly faceted red and purple teardrop briolettes from their Swarovski Crystal Beads section inspired this post.

Briolettes are either tear drop or pear-shaped beads which are side drilled so the design approaches are different. Another issue with briolettes is the fragile tip so here are 4 ways to take both factors into account.

1. USING PINCH BAILS
The small Swarovski pendant briolettes were perfectly sized for earrings. Since the crystals are so beautifully faceted, a really simple way to showcase them is to use pinch bails. There isn't much to the technique - just gently squeeze the bail together so the prongs go through the hole. Attach a jump ring and then the ear wire and you're done. The result is elegant.



2. WIRE WORK
This is a simple design but I am sure you can come up with other unique ways with wire if you play! It would have been easier if I had used small jump rings to connect the U shaped wire going through the double holed bead and the double looped eye pin bearing the briolette.



I have broken a few briolettes before when I didn't paid attention to the force I was applying. It should have been on the wire work and not levering on the glass! You bet I was extra careful with these Swarovski crystals.  (You can see it in my Etsy shop).

3. CLASSIC WIRE WRAPPING
Many people love this wire wrapped style. You can make it as informal or as neatly wrapped as you like. Start by feeding the wire through the briolette hole - how long will depend on whether you want to cover the top part of the briolette. If you do decide on the covered route one tip is to choose flat briolettes like these opalite ones. They're easier to do than the round tipped ones. One wire end will be shorter. Make the long wire end upright so you can wrap the short wire around it.





The above steps can be seen in this video.



Now hold the loop end steady with a broad nose pliers and start wrapping it around the wire frame. Do you see why flat briolettes are easier?



Either tuck in the end under the other coils or just press the end down against the bead.

4. USING BEAD CONES
If you don't care for much wire wrapping and just want a quick way of concealing the tip, use a bead cone! Use a thinner wire like 24G if the cone is a tight fit.



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13 comments :

BetteJo said...

Great post! I really suck at wire wrapping and I really love the look. I need to practice!

Tamara said...

Pearl! Sometimes the simplest of your tutorials are my favourites! I guess that should be no surprise as so many of the things you do are over over MY head. Even though your tutorials are always so well done they should make even the complicated ones manageable. I guess I tend to judge "over my head" from a 'seated position' (if not fully reclined! hehe). Anyway... LOVE this one and can't wait to use the ideas as I have a bunch of briolettes that have been waiting to find their place in some actual jewellery! Thanks again Pearl... awesome as always!

The Beading Gem said...

Aw shucks! Thanks. With comments like this, I will continue to do tutorials.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Don't you love Swarovski's ...I don't use as many as I used to but I still love them...

Your tutorials are very good Pearl, very easy to follow, with great photos.

I've used three of your methods but not #2 which is a very nice way to embellish a drop of any kind!!!

I've been wire wrapping like #3 for a couple of years now but it has taken me that long to be consistent and to be happy with my results most of the time...so to Tamara...it took me a great deal of practice don't give up the results are worth it!

I enjoyed this post a great deal Pearl...your posts are always so informative in one way or another!

Cheers

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

I love briolette stones! I've used pinch bails on other designs and found they don't hold very well. I've actually had the crystal fall off in front of the customer. :-(

But wire-wrapping briolettes, once I learned the technique -love it!!

Thanks for sharing!
-Stephanie

The Jewelry Box said...

Hi, I came across your site today, and I absolutely love it!! Your tuts and instructions are easy to understand, which is a good thing for my brain sometimes. :) lol! Earlier this year, I became addicted to wire. So, I'm still in the learning stage. I really appreciate all of your sharing and will be back for more.
Thank you so much!
Brenda

Dina Cuomo said...

thanks so much for this Pearl -this is a very easy and much more efficient way to wrap a briolette!

Shay said...

Thanks for making this tutorial.
Shay

Anonymous said...

Hi when wire wrapping the blue briollete..r u using dead soft or half-hard wire? And also, what gauge, 22, 24 etc;'''?

The Beading Gem said...

Soft temper is easier. The wire gauge will depend on the size of the briolette to some extent. I'd say 22G for the smaller ones and 20G for the larger ones. The effect is not as good if you use too thin a wire.

Huang Wen said...

Great post, i can follow this blog to create pearl earrings for myself.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!
Laura Moticka

Candly Zhang said...

Thank you for sharing. You did agreat job! Buyincoins

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