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I'm sharing the way I wire wrap briolettes, because it's different than the way most people do it. And, for me, it's faster and easier. I learned to wrap this way when I started helping a fellow jewelry artist with her production line. Her instruction changed my wire-wrapping forever!

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

-round nosed pliers
-chain nosed pliers
-flush cutters
-briolette of your choice
-enough wire to wrap it (this varies, usually 3-4 inches per bead is enough), in a gauge that fits through the hole. Most beads can be wrapped with 24-26g.

Step 2: Put the Bead on the Wire

Pull the wire through the hole, and bend it so that one side is sticking out, about 1" past the pointy top of the briolette. Bend the other side of the wire up, so that they cross each other just above the point of the briolette. You want a little bit of space between the crossed wire, and the top of the bead, as shown in the photo.

Step 3: Twist the Wire

Hold the pliers which are gripping the two crossed wires in your dominant hand, and the bead in your non-dominant hand, and twist the bead while pulling firmly, enough so that you see two to three twists of wire, like in this photo.

Step 4: Grab the Wire With the Pliers

Use your chain nose pliers to grasp both of the wires, right where they cross, from the side. You DON'T want to squish the two wires together between the pliers. Look at this photo, and the next photo, for a better understanding of how to grab the wires.

The second photo is a side view of the wires, gripped in the chain nosed pliers.

Step 5: Cut the Wire

Hold the pliers which are gripping the two crossed wires in your dominant hand, and the bead in your non-dominant hand, and twist the bead while pulling firmly, enough so that you see two to three twists of wire, like in this photo.

Step 6: Bend the Wire to the Side

Gently bend the remaining wire to one side, like in the photo. If the twisted neck moves to one side or the other, use your chain nose pliers to straighten and center it, again.

Step 7: Form a Loop

Grasp the wire with your round nose pliers, and form a loop. Do your best to center the loop over the twisted neck. Reposition the pliers to achieve this, if necessary.

Step 8: Grasp the Loop With Pliers

Now use chain nose pliers to grasp the loop, as shown.

Step 9: Wrap the Neck of the Wire

While holding the loop with the chain nose pliers, use your fingers or a second set of chain nose pliers to grab the loose wire, and wrap it around the twisted neck at least two to three times. At this point, you can cut the wire off close to the point of the bead, or you can continue to wrap down over the bead and the upright wires. OR you can do what I do, and wrap over the neck a few times, to build it up in what I like to refer to as a "messy wrap".

Step 10: Pinch Down the End of the Wire

Finished wire wrapped briolette. Don't forget to use your chain nose pliers to pinch down the end of the wire, so that it doesn't poke anyone!
<p>What a great tip!!! Thanks MarcyBell, I can't wait to try this!</p>
<p>but how do you make the hole without shattering your piece? </p>
<p>Tinaciousz, I think the hole you're referring to is the wire space around the briolette tip? If so, I have a theory for you; I bet this method works without shattering the stone because MarcyBell pulls and turns the briolette--not the end with the chain nose pliers. If you've ever tried twisting wire with a drill for metalsmithing, you'll know the stationary end of the wire begins to twist first and is tighter than that of the drill end. I imagine the space around the briolette would become too tight, eventually pinching off the briolette tip when you twist the wire too many times, or if you twist the wrap from the wrong end by using your pliers. Hope that helps...</p>
Briolettes are beads that come with the hole drilled at the top of the bead, so that it dangles down. I didn't make the bead.
<p>That does look like a simpler way to do that. I'll have to give it a try.</p>
<p>nicely done. quick, clean, and precice. </p>

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