Topics: Making a Multi-Strand Necklace

Q.
I am so thrilled to have found this link on your site! I am stumped when it comes to making 3 or 4 strand necklaces. Can you please give me a clue as to how to determine how many beads per strand? Is there a formula I can use to figure out the difference in the number of beads in each successive strand? I've made one 4-strand necklace, with 2 spacers, 5 times and still can't get it to hang correctly. I'm trying to make a 4-strand choker style necklace. It doesn't work to use the same # of beads in each strand nor does it work to add one or two beads over the previous strand. HELP!
- Vicki
A.
If you are making a multiple strand necklace with each strand a little longer than the last, the best formula I have come up with is to string your first strand the length you want it to be. Attach each end of the strand to the respective half of the clasp. Start your next strand by attaching one end of the next strand to one half of the clasp; begin stringing. When you have about the same length on the second strand that you have on the first, shape the first strand into a circle with the clasp ends meeting at the top (like it would look if you were wearing it). Lay the second strand right around the outside of the first strand then add beads until the second strand meets the second half of the clasp. Once you're satisfied with the length, attach it to the clasp. Repeat with each additional strand. When you hold the necklace up to wear it, each strand will lay a distance away from the one above it.
- Marlynn McNutt, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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