Category Archives: Precious Metal

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Use the Side Cail as Bail for Side Drill Drops

The Side Cail is the perfect bail for briolettes (side drilled drops) Begin by forming the Side Cail to fit the drop – measuring the width where the drill holes are.  The width of stones usually varies in most strands, so you want to do this for individual drops and not do them all at once.  […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How To Wire Wrap Beads Onto A Frame For A Unique Look

  This method works for any frame and any bead, but I am using Herkimer Diamonds and Open Oval pendant by Amoracast here.   Start by cutting wire that is long enough for the wrapping of the beads.  Here I have cut 10cm to wrap 3 beads.  Then you thread the beads, holding them down on […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Wire Wrap an ID Bracelet with Herkimer Diamonds or Beads

When you have a long section of beads that you want to thread with wire (and have it keep its shape) but the wire is soft, there are ways to support it.  One such method is to wrap a frame around the beads.   Start with a generous length of wire – calculating the number of […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How To Make A Beaded Ring with Herkimer Diamond

Note that any of the beads and the wire can pretty much be substituted.  It is a matter of comfort and you want the wire you choose must be able to go through some of the beads twice. Thread the beads for the ring with desired wire.  Here I have used 26 gauge (0.4mm) gold […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How To Make Stud Earrings By Wire Wrapping Herkimer Diamonds Or Any Bead

This method works for any bead, provided the hole is large enough for the desired wire to go through.  Ideally the post would be between 22 and 20 gauge (0.65mm to 0.8mm).  Too thin and it would fall out of the earlobe, too thick and it might hurt to wear. Start by using a length […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Make a Necklace Using the Ivy Cail by Amoracast

The Cail, invented by Amoracast, works like a cap and looks like a bail – hence, Cail! It is a clever invention that can transform any vertically drilled bead into a beautiful pendant.   Start by forming the Cail around the bead, if it is irregularly shaped.  Once you are satisfied with the way it will sit, […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Use a Unicorn Bead cap

Use a head pin (at least 1.5″ long) and thread your bead and then the cap.  The cap fits ideally an 8mm bead.  If your bead is irregular in shape, adjust the cap slightly to fit snug around the bead. Using a pair of round nose pliers, make a loop with the head pin.  Then […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Make a Basic Wire Wrap for a Top Drilled Drop

To wire wrap top drill (sometimes called a side drill) drop (often called a briolette), you can do a basic wrap with a loop, or a fancier wrap, with lots of wire around the tip.  This video shows the basic technique.   Start by cutting 2″ of wire (more if larger drop, or less if the […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Wire Wrap Nest Beads with Wire.

Begin with a length of wire and wrap around a doweling – the size depends on how large you want the beads to be. Start off with a bit of wrapping and then crisscross as many times as possible.  How many times depends on aesthetic. Keep crisscrossing until there is only a bit of wire […]

Jewelry Tutorial – How to Wire Wrap Beads Along the Modern Earring Hook by Amoracast

Here is how I made these earrings using the Amoracast Modern Hook and 2 mm rainbow moonstone beads.  Start with 26 gauge wire – and actually the longer the better.  Thread all of the beads and hold at the bottom using one hand (and actually it’s better with a pair of pliers) to wrap the […]