How To Wire Wrap A Briolette

How to wire wrap a pendant

 

Ever want to know how to wire wrap a briolette? It’s really easier than you think- and after you’re done, you’ll have a serious bead buying addiction like me! Proceed with caution…

How to make a wire wrapped pendant

You need:

  • 2 pairs jewelry pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Necklace Chain
  • Jump Ring
  • 12 inches of wire
  • Briolette

*A note about gauges: Jewelry wire comes in different thicknesses. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire will be. Make sure that when you’re buying your wire, you take into account of how small your bead’s holes are. This gemstone briolette has pretty small holes, so I used a 26 gauge wire.

 

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Step 1: Feed the wire through the briolette leaving about 3 inches on one side.

Step 2: Bend both sides of the wire up and over each other

 

How to wire wrap a briolette

  • Step 3: Bend the longer side of the wire into a loop around the pliers.

 

How to make a wire wrapped briolette

  • Step 4: Do the same to the short side

How to make a wire wrapped briolette

 

  • Step 5: Wrap the shorter side around the base of the loop 3 times, (holding your briolette with 1 pair of pliers, and do the wrapping with the second pair) then trim the short side off.

How to wire wrap a briolette

  • Step 6: Wrap the remainder of the wire around the briolette until it covers the holes in the briolette on both sides. Trim off excess wire. Try to keep the trimmed edges on the same side for a cleaner look.

How to make a wire wrapped briolette

Step 7: Open a jump ring with your pliers and loop through the briolette.

How to make a wire wrapped briolette

 

  • Step 8: Put the jump ring on your chain and close the jump ring with your pliers. Enjoy your new necklace!

How to wire wrap a gemstone

 

 

 

 

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DIY Jewelry Organizer

DIY jewelry organizer

I actually made this DIY jewelry organizer last summer, but I wanted to share with you how easy it was to make! These are great because you can see all your necklaces hanging in one place, without having to search through jewelry boxes and bowls full of tangled necklaces. They could also make great displays for craft shows if you don’t want to spend a fortune. If I can make this- trust me, you can too. I swear you only have to use the drill for like 5 minutes.

Supplies: All you need are 2 pieces of wood of the same size, a pair of hinges, spray paint, and screw hooks. You will also need a drill and some screws. All these materials can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

DIY Jewelry Organizer Display

  • 1. Start by spray painting your wood front and back. Let dry.
  • Once your paint is dry (I think I waited 24 hours just to be safe) you can screw in your hinges. Make sure to use the screw size suggested on your hinges package.
  • Then, start drilling holes that are small enough that your screw hooks screw in tightly. I actually laid out where I wanted my hooks by laying the boards flat and laying necklaces on top to see where they would fall. It ended up in a pretty random pattern, but I like that. You can plan out where you want your hooks if you want with some measuring tape and a pencil.
  • I also added some ribbon on the bottom right board to hang earrings and cuff bracelets from. I just used a little superglue and ribbon- it looks a little messy in the back, but whatevs.

Now I have a beautiful vertical display to store my jewelry on! Can you tell I’m a little into cheap costume jewelry? Will you be doing any DIY jewelry projects? I’d love to see them!

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