Multiple-Strand Beaded Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings

Big beads make for a snappy necklace. For a knockout look, mix gemstones with smooth and faceted textures. Pick out the strands of big beads first, then mix them with strands in other shapes, sizes, and colors.


Design by Naomi Fujimoto

These designs are excerpted from the book Jewelry in a Flash.

Finished size is 18 inches.

What you'll need:
  • Flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • Diagonal wire cutters
  • Five 16-inch strands 10-25-millimeter beads, in different colors and shapes
  • Twenty 5-6-millimeter spacers
  • Twenty to forty 3-4-millimeter spacers
  • 10 crimp beads
  • Large toggle clasp
  • Chain-nose or crimping pliers
Editor's Tip:

The necklace strands must taper so the bar half of the clasp fits through the loop half. If necessary, string additional 3-4-mm spacers on each end before stringing the crimp bead.

DESIGN OPTIONS
  • String four strands instead of five if the necklace feels too heavy. Use the fifth strand to make a two-strand bracelet.
  • Try a monochromatic necklace. Use amazonite, chalcedony, turquoise, and simulated aquamarine.
  • Make simple drop earrings with single leftover gemstones.

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  1. Cut five pieces of beading wire 6 inches longer than the finished size. On one wire, string beads until the strand is within 3 inches of the finished length.
  2. On each remaining wire, string beads until the strand is within 3 inches of the finished length. The strands should be about equal in length; use the strand with the largest beads to gauge the length of the others.
  3. On one side, on each end, string two 5-6-mm spacers, a 3-4-mm spacer, crimp bead, 3-4-mm spacer, and half of the clasp. Thread the wire back through the last few beads strung and tighten.
  4. Repeat step 3 on the other side, leaving about 1/4 inch of extra wire between the first spacer and the crimp bead. (You'll need the extra length to twist the finished strands.) Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.

Learn how to crimp.

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What you'll need:
  • Flexible beading wire, .018 or .019
  • Diagonal wire cutters
  • Two 16-inch strands 10-25-millimeter beads, in two styles
  • Four 5-6-millimeter spacers
  • Four crimp beads
  • Four to eight 3-4-millimeter spacers
  • Toggle clasp
  • Chain-nose or crimping pliers

Learn how to crimp.

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  1. Determine the finished length of your bracelet. Cut two pieces of beading wire 5 inches longer than your finished size. On each wire, string beads until the strand is within 1-1/2 inches of the finished length.
  2. On each end, string one 5-6-mm spacer, one or two 3-4-mm spacers, one crimp bead, one 3-4-mm spacer, and half of the clasp. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Thread the wire back through the last few beads strung and tighten. Crimp the crimp bead and trim the excess wire.

Learn how to crimp.

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What you'll need:
  • Four 10-25-mm beads, in two styles, left over from bracelet
  • Four 1-1/2-inch head pins
  • Four 1-1/2-inch head pins
  • Chain-nose and round-nose pliers
  • 1-2 inches. (2.5-5cm) chain, 3-4-mm links
  • Pair of earring wires

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  1. On a head pin, string a bead. Make a plain loop. Repeat with a second bead in a different style.
  2. Cut a 1/2-1-inch. piece of chain. Open the loop of an earring wire and attach the chain. Close the loop.
  3. Open the loop of the larger bead unit and attach it to the end link of chain. Close the loop. Attach the remaining bead unit to the chain. Make a second earring in the mirror image of the first.

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