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Beaded choker necklace

Embellish a screen clasp finding for a multi-strand choker


This choker has a vintage look in a contemporary palette. We used various-sized pearls and seed beads for the clasp and a variety of beads for the three necklace strands. Please experiment with different bead types when making this design – that’s half the fun!




  • 1 8mm Round pearl
  • 8 5 x 7mm Potato-shaped pearls
  • 4 4mm Round beads or pearls
  • 4 5-6mm Round beads or pearls
  • 20 Seed beads, size 6/0 or 28 seed beads, size 8/0
  • 5 ft. (1.5m) Flexible beading wire, .010
  • 1 22mm 3-Strand screen clasp (from Diane H. Designs, see ad p. 19, or
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Necklace strands

  • A selection of beads for three 16-18 in. (41-46cm) strands: assorted 3-5mm beads for the first strand, 6-8mm beads for the second, and 8-10mm beads for the third
  • 6 ft. (1.8m) Flexible beading wire, .012-.014
  • 6 Crimp beads

Tools: chainnose pliers, masking tape; crimping pliers optional




Embellishing the clasp

Photo A
Photo B

Use .010 flexible beading wire.


1. Cut an 8-in. (20cm) length of beading wire. String the 8mm pearl on the wire and thread both ends through the screen plate so the pearl is centered on it (Photo A).


2. Tie the wire ends firmly together on the back of the screen with 3 square knots. Glue the knot and trim the tails to 1/4 in. (6mm).


3. Center eight 5 x 7mm potato pearls on 20 in. (51cm) of beading wire and tie them in a taut circle with a square knot (Photo B). Apply a drop of glue to the knot and place the pearl circle around the center pearl.

Photo C
Photo D

4. Pass both wire ends through a hole in the screen and use them to sew the pearls firmly to the screen, sewing over the wire that forms the circle between each pearl (Photo C). Secure half of the circle with each tail. End the tails as in step 2.


5. String a 4mm stone bead or pearl on 12 in. (30cm) of beading wire, leaving a 4-in. (10cm) tail. String the tail and working wire through the screen so the bead nestles between two potato pearls (Photo D). Skip 2 potato pearls and sew up through the screen. String another 4mm bead and sew back through the screen so the bead nestles between the next pair of pearls. Repeat twice for a total of 4 beads. End as in step 2.

Photo E
Photo F

6. String five 6/0 beads or seven 8/0 beads on 16 in. (41cm) of beading wire, leaving a 4-in. tail. Sew the tail and working wire through the screen so the seed beads curve around one of the 4mm beads (Photo E). Sew up through the screen beside the next 4mm bead and add the same number of seed beads around it. Repeat twice and end as in step 2.


7. String a 5-6mm pearl or bead on 12 in. of beading wire, leaving a 4-in tail. Sew the tail and working wire through the mesh plate so the bead lies between two seed bead half circles (Photo F). Add 3 more beads between the other half circles and end as in step 2.


Assembling the clasp

Photo G
Photo H

Before beginning this part of the project, wrap your pliers jaws with tape to prevent denting or scratching the clasp.


1. First, insert the permanent tongue securely into the clasp housing with the 3-hole portion outside the clasp base. Use your pliers to pull up the lever on the permanent tongue to secure it in the clasp base (Photo G).


2. Place the embellished screen over the clasp base, considering how you want it to sit in relation to the strands. I positioned mine as a square. You may need to bend the prongs out slightly to make positioning easier, but don’t bend them too much or they may snap off. Once you are happy with the how the screen is positioned, use chainnose pliers to push the prongs over the screen to secure it to the base (Photo H).


Stringing the necklace


1. Measure your neckline to determine the length of the strands. Measure the clasp between the holes and subtract its width from the total necklace length. Add 6 in. (15cm) and cut 3 lengths of .012-.014 flexible beading wire.


2. String one strand with each of the three bead assortments.


3. String a crimp on one end of the strand with the small bead assortment. Pass the wire through the top loop on the clasp’s permanent tongue and back through the crimp and a few beads. Crimp the crimp bead.


4. String a crimp on the other end of the strand and pass it through the top loop on the removable tongue. Tighten then crimp.


5. Secure the medium-bead strand to the center loops on each tongue and the large-bead strand to the bottom loops.

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