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 Multi-Strand Necklace with Glass Beads and Pearls 

Multi-Strand Necklace with Glass Beads and Pearls
Step 1
Using two pairs of chain-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass the open ring through another 5mm jumpring and the loop on the clasp. Close the jumpring.
Step 2
Open another 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the last jumpring from Step 1 and another four jumprings. Close the jumpring.
Step 3
For the second half of the clasp, open a 5mm jumpring then pass it through five jumprings. Close the jumpring. Open another jumpring. Pass it through one of the five jumprings and another 5mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

First Strand

Step 4
Using the side-cutting pliers, cut two 20-inch lengths of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. Bring the wires together, string one crimp tube onto both of the wires. Separate the wires and place a 1/2 inch piece of French wire onto each length of beading wire. Place each of the wires with the French wire through the first jumpring attached to the clasp. Pass each wire back through the single crimp, leaving each end of wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the French wire and the clasp so the French wire is shaped into a nicely curved tube. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using side-cutting pliers, trim the excess wire from the short end of each strand.
Step 5
Bring the beading wires together and string one aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead onto both wires.
Step 6
Separate the wires. String one teal 10mm pearl onto one strand of wire.
Step 7
Repeat Step 5 placing one aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead onto both wires, spacing it approximately 1-inch from the last aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead.
Step 8
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 eighteen times for a total of nineteen sets.
Step 9
Bring the wires together, string one crimp tube onto both the wires. Separate the wires and place a 1/2 inch piece of French wire onto each of the lengths of beading wire. Place each of the wires with the French wire through the first jumpring attached to the string of jumprings created for the second half of the clasp in Step 3. Pass each wire back through the single crimp. Then pull the wire snugly so the crimp and both strands with the French wire are closer to the jumpring and the French wire is formed into a nicely curved tube. Place a small amount of adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using side-cutting pliers, trim the excess wire from the end.

Second Strand

Step 10
Cut one 26-inch length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. String onto the wire, one crimp tube, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the second jumpring attached to the first half of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the French wire and the clasp so the French wire is shaped into a nicely curved tube. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using side-cutting pliers, trim the excess wire from the short end.
Step 11
String onto the beading wire three silver-plated 2mm round beads and one aquamarine AB 6x3 pyramid bead.
Step 12
Repeat Step 11 fifty-two times for a total of fifty-three sets.
Step 13
String onto the wire three silver-plated 2mm round beads.
Step 14
String on one crimp tube, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the second jumpring attached to the second half of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, then pull the wire snugly so the crimp and the French wire are closer to the clasp and the French wire is formed into a nicely curved tube. Make sure there is no slack along the entire length of the necklace, yet it is not so tight that the necklace is rigid. Place a small amount of adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using side-cutting pliers, trim excess wire from the end.

Third Strand

Step 15
Cut one 28-inch length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Repeat Step 10 to attach the wire to the third jumpring on the first half of the clasp.
Step 16
String onto the wire three silver-plated 2.5mm round beads.
Step 17
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • One silver-plated 2.5mm round bead
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • One silver-plated 2.5mm round bead
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • One silver-plated 2.5mm round bead
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • Four silver-plated 2.5mm round beads
Step 18
Repeat Step 17 sixteen times for a total of seventeen sets. There will only be three silver-plated 2.5mm round beads at the end of the strand.
Step 19
Repeat Step 14 to attach the strand to the third jumpring attached to the second half of the clasp.

Fourth Strand

Step 20
Cut one 30-inch length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Repeat Step 10 to attach the wire to the fourth jumpring on the first half of the clasp.
Step 21
String onto the wire four silver-plated 2.5mm round beads.
Step 22
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • Five silver-plated 2.5mm round beads
Step 23
Repeat Step 22 five times for a total of six sets.
Step 24
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • One teal 10mm pearl
  • Five silver-plated 2.5mm round beads
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • Five silver-plated 2.5mm round beads
Step 25
Repeat Step 24 ten times for a total of eleven sets.
Step 26
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • One aquamarine AB 6x4mm pyramid bead
  • Five silver-plated 2.5mm round beads
Step 27
Step 26 four times for a total of five sets.
Step 28
String onto the wire two silver-plated 2.5mm round beads.
Step 29
Repeat Step 14 to attach the strand to the fourth jumpring attached to the second half of the clasp.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How To Crimp a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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