Tutorial: How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Gemstone

One of the most basic jewelry making techniques to learn is how to wire wrap a briolette gemstone.  Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own wire-wrapped jewelry.  It takes a little bit of practice before you get the hang of it, but it’s addicting once you get started!

What you will need:

  • Side-drilled gemstone briolette
  • Dead-soft wire
  • Flat-nose jewelry plier
  • Round-nose jewelry plier
  • Wire cutter

Part 1

1.  Cut a piece of wire approximately 1.5 inches long

2.  Slide the wire through the gemstone and setup the wire so that the right side is a little longer than the left.

3.  Using a jewelry flat-nose plier, bend the left side over and angle the right side up so that it forms an “L”.

4.  Wind the shorter right wire around the vertical piece 2-3 times.  Use a wire cutter to cut the excess wire.

5.  Use the jewelry flat-nose plier to bend the vertical piece to the right at an angle.  Be sure to leave a small space in between the wrapped wire and the bend.

Part 2

6.  Place a round-nose plier against the long piece of wire and wind around the tool.

7.  Wind the remaining wire around 2 times and cut the excess off with a wire cutter.

8.  Now your wire-wrapped gemstone is ready to be used in a jewelry piece!

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