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.
Crafts Supplies for Multiple-Strand Beaded Necklace
Multistrand beaded necklace with purple beads

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.


  • 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.