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Add a wire wrapped loop to a briolette style bead. This technique will allow you to use your briolette and drop shape beads as dangles off of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Check out our Inspiration page for design ideas.
Beads with a top drilled hole - briolette
Wire - (we used Sterling Silver 24 gauge)
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Cut a 4" piece of wire. Slide wire through the hole of the bead, leaving about 1 1/2 in. on the left side.
With your fingers, bring the wires up - crossing the wires. The short piece should be in front of the longer piece.
Using your fingers, form the wire to the briolette.
Use the tips of your chain nose pliers to grasp the short piece of wire directly above where the wires cross.
Bend the wire down to a 90° angle.
Use the tips of your chain nose pliers to grasp the longer piece of wire directly above where the wires cross.
Bend the wire straight up, forming a 90° angle between the two pieces of wire.
Grasp the triangle that was created with your chain nose pliers.
Wrap the short piece of wire around the longer piece about 1 1/2 - 2 wraps.
With your wire cutters, cut the short tail as close as possible.
Using the tips of your chain nose pliers, grab the wire directly above the wrap.
With your finger, push the wire to a 90° angle.
Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire right at the bend.
Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is almost pointing directly down.
Reposition your pliers by opening your round nose pliers (but do not pull the pliers out of the loop) and pivot your pliers so the bottom tip is on the top.
Continue pulling the wire around the nose of the pliers until the loop is completely round.
If you are attaching it to a chain or ring, this would be a good time. To then wrap the loop, grip the loop with the chain nose pliers and grip the wire with your fingers.
Wrap the wire around the base wire. Continue wrapping the wire down to the first wrap.
Using the wire cutters, cut off the extra wire as close as you can to the wrap.
Congratulations, you have now created a wire wrapped triangle bail!