I’m sure it’s no secret that I love multi-strand necklaces. I love the layered look and combining together lots of different colors and textures for a rich looking piece of jewelry.
Sometimes, though, I just don’t feel like taking the time to do all that stringing. Today’s necklace gives the rich look of a multi-strand necklace, the drama of dangling teardrops, but the simplicity of using shorter strands. If you want yours to be a little bit fancier do beaded strands on the sides rather than a plain chain.
Many of the beads I used have been in my stash for a while, so it was hard to find the exact same thing for you. The links lead to similar items I could find online, but I encourage you to shop your own store of beady goodies to see what works!
I just love any project with the “how did they do that” factor. This necklace fits that bill perfectly, with the illusion that the crystal beads are suspended on the wire.
The secret is in the use of crimp covers, little doo-dads that disguise the flattened crimps and look like beads when closed.
Btw, yes, I did misspeak in the video, you only need two jump rings, not three. Also, I tried this on and think I’m going to add another 4-inch piece of chain to the other side. That’s the beauty of knowing how to make your own jewelry!
Enjoy the video and happy creating.
3 pieces colored beading wire, 19 strand or higher, cut to 28-inches, 25 inches & 23.5 inches
15 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads, Indian Pink
30 crimp covers
36 2mm crimp beads
2 bead cones
2 3-inch pieces 22 gauge craft wire
4-inch piece chunky chain
2 jump rings
chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
bead design board
Arrange the 15 Swarovski crystal bicone beads on the design board with six beads in the outer channel, five in the center and four in the inner. Space them out filling in between the 12-inch marks on either side of the board. (For 24-inches of beaded wire.)
Slide a crimp onto the longest piece of wire and use chain nose pliers to flatten bead near the center of the wire.
Hold a crimp cover with pliers and place the flattened crimp inside, squeeze the pliers gently to close to crimp cover.
Slide a Swarovski crystal bicone bead onto the wire, then add another crimp and flatten the crimp on the other side of the crystal. Cover the crimp the same way as in step three.
Slide on another crimp, place the first crystal down in its place on the design board, then slide the newest crimp up next to the nearest crystal. Flatten in place with chain nose pliers and repeat steps 3 & 4.
Continue in the same manner to add all 15 Swarovski crystals to the wires, each with a flatten crimp covered by a crimp cover on either side.
Hold the three strands up to yourself in a mirror and determine the desired length and position of each strand. Tape both sets of ends in place, leaving at least 1.5-inches of wire sticking out from the tape.
Choose the shorter wire in one group of three and slide on a crimp. Slide the wire back through the crimp until there is a 1/8-inch loop of wire remaining. Flatten crimp with chain nose pliers. Repeat with other two wires in the bundle, making each loop the same length. Repeat with other set of three wires & remove tape.
Grasp a 3-inch piece of craft wire at its center with chain nose pliers and make a 90° bend. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop. Slightly twist loop to open and slide on three of six loops made in step 8. Close loop, hold with chain nose pliers and use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary.
Slide a bead cone onto wire to cover all crimps. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead cone. Bend wire at 90° angle. Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop. Slightly twist loop to open and slide on one end of a piece of chain. Close loop, hold with chain nose pliers and use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
Repeat step 10 to add a bead cone and a jump ring to the other end of necklace.
Add lobster clasp with a jump ring to end without chain.
I’ve made a video for you explaining how to put together the necklace. Happy Creating!
Wire Wrapped Decorative Ring Triple Strand Necklace
assorted beads of your choice
bead stringing wire, 2 yards
6 crimp beads
6 crimp covers
6 wire protectors
2 – 1 inch to 1.5 inch decorative rings for hanging bead strands (see this class for how to make the ones I used)
2 – 8 inch pieces necklace chain
26 gauge wire
4 jump rings
2 pair chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
crimping tool, if desired
bead design board
flexible tape measure
Arrange beads in your desired design on a bead design board. Working from spool, string center strand of beads onto bead stringing wire.
Slide end of wire through a crimp cover, (if necessary) a crimp bead and through both holes of a wire protector. Slide wire protector over a decorative ring. Slide end of wire back through crimp bead and use chain nose or crimping pliers to flatten crimp bead. Close crimp cover over flattened crimp.
Trim wire off spool, leaving 4 inches extra after last strung bead and repeat step two to attach to other decorative ring. Make sure to leave 1/8 inch slack in wire so beads hang gracefully.
Use flexible tape measure to determine desired length of upper strand. Working from spool, string upper strand of beads onto bead stringing wire. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to attach each end to a decorative ring, making sure to keep strands in correct order.
Use flexible tape measure to determine desired length of lower strand. Working from spool, string lower strand of beads onto bead stringing wire. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to attach each end to a decorative ring, making sure to keep strands in correct order.
To make a wire wrapped component:
Working from spool of 26 gauge wire use chain nose pliers to grasp wire 1 inch from end. Bend wire at 90° angle.
Grasp bend with round nose pliers and wrap wire around pliers as far as possible to start to make a loop. Reposition pliers to finish loop.
Wrap remaining wire around wire below 90° bend. Use wire cutters to trim, if necessary. Use chain nose pliers to tuck in end.
Cut wire off spool, leaving 1 ½ to 2 inches.
Thread on a seed bead, an accent bead and another seed bead. Use chain nose pliers to grasp wire just at point where it exits bead and bend wire at 90° angle. Repeat step 6.b to make loop. Slide loop onto decorative ring. Repeat step 6.c to finish wire wrapping component.
Repeat to make second wire wrapped component.
Use jump rings to attach open loop of each wire wrapped components to end of an 8 inch length of chain.
To remaining ends of chain, attach a jump ring to one and a clasp to the other.