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Bead Dangle -Briolette Bead

Free instructions for using jewelry wire to incorporate a briolette bead into your jewelry making project

Many expensive gemstones are made in a style called Briolette, shown at right.  This style of bead is teardrop shaped with a hole horizontally through the top of the teardrop.  Mounting these briolette beads in jewelry can be a challenge because you can not use a head-pin as you would with normal teardrop beads.  These instructions will describe one way to mount a briolette bead.   
 

Jewelry wire used to incorporate a briolette bead into a jewelry making component

Jewelry Making Supplies: Jewelry Tools Required:
  • 6 inches of 26G wire
  • Briolette bead
     

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to bend wire using bent chain nose pliers

  • Ability to wrap wire around itself, making a wrapped loop. 

  • Round Nose Pliers

  • Flush Cutter

  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)

  • 5 minutes of free time

 

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a 6 inch segment of 26 gauge wire.  (With some briolette beads, 24 gauge will also work.)

Step 2:  Slide 2 inches of this wire through the hole in the top of the bead.  Now bend both sides of the wire up to form an "X" above the bead.  The wire should appear as shown at right. 

Step 3:  Grasp the longer segment of wire just before the cross in the "X" and bend this wire segment up.  See the picture, below left.

Step 4:  Wrap the short segment around the long segment about two times. 

Step 5:  Cut the excess wire.  Using one pair of bent chain nose pliers grasp the two wire segments below the wrap.  With a second pair of bent chain nose pliers squeeze and twist the short segment of cut wire so that it is flat.  At this point your Briolette bead should appear as shown bottom, right and you can use this as you would any bead dangle made with a head-pin. 

Step 2 to using jewelry wire to incorporate a briolette bead into a jewelry making component.

Step 3 to using jewelry wire to incorporate a briolette bead into a jewelry making component

Step 4 to using jewelry wire to incorporate a briolette bead into a jewelry making component

Step 5 to using jewelry wire to incorporate a briolette bead into a jewelry making component

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