Briolettes are side drilled beads with a lot of potential for elegance and drama. One excellent example are these beautiful red ones used in Aniolek Maly's Passion Earrings.   This Polish artisan generously shared her tutorial on her Deviantart site (UPDATE : link no longer exists).

free jewelry making tutorial

The detailed step by step photos were taken by Jakub FrÄ…ckowiak. You have to click on the long tutorial in order to see the enlarged version.

Her wire work tutorial demonstrates how the scrolled element is accomplished with just round nose pliers.  It is then wrapped to the tear drop wire frame.  The little silver balls are added after wrapping almost all of the frame is done.

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