Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Picture Tutorial - Multi-strand Necklace

As I move along in my creative venture of jewelry making I am dedicated to use as much of my stash as possible before adding more beauties to my collection.  So this week I'm using some 11 seed beads, white iridescent glass tube beads, bead caps, crimp beads and a clasp.

For this project I used Beadalon 49 stand bead stringing wire, .018" in diameter.  This has proven to be strong and hold its shape wonderfully.  No kinks or unwanted twists.

I cut four stands at 20 inches long and began stringing.  I can't tell you how many beads in total.  Instead of securing the ends with a crimp bead secure the strands with a bead stopper.  This will hold them in place while you finish stringing the desired number of strands.    

Measure a four inch (4") piece of artistic wire and make a head pin.  

Secure each wire to the headpin and crimp each strand to ensure that each strand holds tight.  Slide a bead cone over the wires to keep it all neatly tucked away.  

Add a clasp and there you have a beautiful necklace .  I made a pair of earrings to go with the necklace. 

You can always find great videos on YouTube so don't hesitate to search for a little help.  I was inspired by this video from Aunties Beads.  I like their videos because the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  If you have any questions just drop me a line.


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