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Metallic multistrand necklace

Stagger segments of seed beads in a dimensional necklace

I used seven kinds of seed beads in this six-strander. Because the drop beads have a strong impact on the overall look of the necklace (and are available in fewer colors), choose those first. Then, after you’ve gathered a collection of colors, string one-inch sections, changing the order of the sections from strand to strand. To wear, let the necklace fall naturally or twist the strands for a ropelike effect. 

Necklace 18 1⁄2–19 in. (47–48 cm)

  • seed beads
    • tube 3.4 mm drop beads
    • 2 tubes 8/0s, in two colors  
    • tube 10/0 triangle beads
    • hank 11/0 Charlottes, metallic
    • hank 13/0 Charlottes, purple or bronze 
    • hank 13/0 Charlottes, mixed silver and gold 
  • 90–110 4 mm flat spacers
  • flexible beading wire,.014 or.015
  • 8 in. (20 cm) 22-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 cones
  • 6 crimp beads
  • hook-and-eye clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters 
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • seed beads
    • 6 3.4 mm drop beads
    • 4 10/0 triangle beads  
  • 2 12 mm oval links
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) decorative head pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Kits available from Eclectica, 262.641.0910. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Cut six pieces of beading wire. On each wire, string 1 in. (2.5 cm) of seed beads or drop beads, then a spacer. Repeat, varying the order of the sections, until each strand is within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length. Make sure to begin and end with smaller seed beads (they’ll fit inside the cones more easily).

Technique: Finishing with cones

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Step 1
Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of 22-gauge wire. Make a wrapped loop on one end.
Metallic multstrand necklace 2
Step 2
Over a pair of wires, string a crimp bead and the wrapped loop. Go back through the crimp bead and tighten the wires. Repeat with the remaining pairs of wires.
Metallic multstrand necklace 3
Step 3
Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other ends of the wires. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads and trim the excess wire.
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Step 4
On each end, string a cone and a 10/0. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.
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Step 5
On each end, attach half of a clasp. Complete the wraps.
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Design Alternative
Make a monochromatic bracelet with leftover Charlottes. I strung 11/0s and added large-hole spacers that slide over the seed beads.
Earrings
Metallic multstrand earrings
For each earring: On a decorative head pin, string beads. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach a link, complete the wraps, and attach an earring wire.
Tip!
  • For quicker stringing, transfer seed beads directly from the strand onto your beading wire.
  • Try base metal spacers as an economical alternative to vermeil or gold-filled.
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