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Three Strands Necklace

Instructions for making Three Strands Necklace out of jewelry wire, beads and jewelry supplies using WigJig jewelry making tools:

3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace-- Jewelry Making Project

 

In this jewelry making project we are going to make a jewelry wire component that will allow us to connect a three strand necklace to a single clasp.  For the purposes of these instructions, we will call the jewelry wire component a 3:1 component because it has three loops on one side and one loop on the opposite side. 

There are many ways to string a strand of beads.  The oldest way to string beads is by using silk thread and knotting the thread between the beads.  A newer way is to use bead stringing wire and crimp beads along with crimping pliers.  The absolute newest way is to use beadstringing wire and regular round wire to connect the beadstringing wire permanently to a loop of regular wire.  This loop of wire will connect to one of the loops in the 3:1 wire component by a figure 8 connector.  We used this later approach in making the necklace shown at right.  Making this necklace using crimp beads or by knotting thread is an intermediate jewelry making project.  Making the necklace using the new technique for connecting beadstringing wire to a loop of regular jewelry wire is an advanced jewelry making skill.  

 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

 

  • Ten inches of 18 or 20 gauge round, half hard jewelry wire,
  • 20 inches of 24 gauge round, half hard jewelry wire.
  • 6 inches of 22 gauge round, half hard jewelry wire.
  • Commercial Clasp Finding.
  • Seventy inches of strung beads.
  • Eighty-six inches of 0.019 bead stringing wire.
  • WigJig Olympus, Olympus Lite, Delphi or Centaur Jewelry Making Tool
  • 4 Regular Metal Pegs for the jig
  • Flush cutter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2 pairs)
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Ruler
  • 60 minutes of free time,

3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace-- Jewelry Making ProjectStep-by-step instructions for making Three Strand Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools, jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies:

First, we will make two of the 3:1 wire components, then we will string three strands of beads, and finally we will connect the three strands of beads to the 3:1 wire component. 

Step 1:  Please select here to access the template for the 3:1 wire component. 

Step 2:  Straighten a segment of 18 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire about 5 inches long.  (Please note that we are going to straighten the jewelry wire before we cut the wire.  This allows us to hold the spool of jewelry wire or the coil of wire in one hand and straighten the wire using nylon jaw pliers.) 

Step 3:  Cut a segment of jewelry wire 4 1/2 inches long.  Cut the wire using your flush cutter.  We recommend that you cut the wire with the flat side of your flush cutter toward the coil of wire.  This will leave a flat cut on the coil of wire so that you won't be stabbed by a sharp end of wire the next time you use the coil of wire.  Step 4 to instructions for making 3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace out of jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies.

Step 4:  Make a "P" loop in the end of your jewelry wire with the flush cut using your step jaw pliers.

Step 5:  Get your WigJig jewelry tool and four regular metal pegs.  Position the pegs as shown below-right. 

Step 6:  Remove pegs 3 and 4 from the jewelry making jig and position the loop in your wire on peg 1 see the pictures below-center. 

Step 7:  Wrap your jewelry wire about peg 2 as shown below-right.  Continue pushing the wire until it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 3. 

Step 5 to instructions for making 3 Strand Necklace showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tools.

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Step 8 to instructions for making a 3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools.Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool.  Add pegs 3 and 4 to your pattern and replace the jewelry wire component on your jewelry making jig with the initial loop on peg 1 and your second loop on peg 4 as shown at right. 

Step 9:  Remove peg 2 from your WigJig jewelry tool and push the jewelry wire so that it wraps around peg 3 as shown below-center.  Push the wire with the tip of the index finger on your dominant hand. 

Step 10:  Remove your jewelry wire component from the jewelry making jig.  Add peg 2 to your pattern and replace your wire component in the position shown below center. 

Step 11:  Push the wire around peg 4 and continue pushing until the wire rests adjacent to peg 1 as shown below-right.  Please note that you will probably have to lift the jewelry wire over peg 1 so that you can push the wire slightly beyond peg 1.  Continue pushing the jewelry wire until the wire rests against peg 1 with no pressure applied. 

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Step 12 to instructions for making 3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace by shaping jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tools.Step 12:  Continue pushing the jewelry wire around peg 1 as shown at right. 

Step 13:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool and replace it in the mirror image position as shown below-left. 

Step 14:  Pull the jewelry wire up and over the wire component at the narrow point where the two wires cross.  See the picture below-center.  The reason that we are performing this wrap is that it will make the wire component permanent.  Leaving the wire component on the jig will preserve the shape of the wire while you wrap. 

Step 15:  Remove the jewelry wire component from the WigJig jewelry tool and replace it on the jewelry making jig in the mirror image position as shown below-right. 

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Step 16 to instructions for making a 3 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Necklace using common jewelry tools.Step 16:  Pull the end of the jewelry wire up until it points vertically, away from your table. 

Step 17:  Remove the jewelry wire component from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  At this point your wire component should appear as shown below-left.  If you need to, you can use bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut end of the wire until it is flat against the remainder of the wire component. 

Step 18:  Make two of the 3:1 wire components using the above instructions. 

Step 19:  Here are the steps required to finish this 3 strand necklace. 

  • Connect the single loop in the 3:1 wire component to your clasp via a wrapped bead link.
  • String three strands of beads onto bead stringing wire. 
  • Connect each end of a strand of beads to the appropriate loop in the 3:1 wire component. 
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Step 20:  Using bead stringing wire, make three strands of beads.  Use bead stoppers or hemostats to hold each end of the strands so that your beads won't fall off of your bead stringing wire.  The shortest strand should be 16 inches long.  The middle strand should be 20 inches long and the longest strand should be 24 inches long. 

Step 21:  Now that you have your strands of beads, you need to connect the strands of beads to one of the loops in your 3:1 wire component.  There are several ways to do this.  The first way is to use crimp beads and bead crimping pliers.  You can view how to use crimp beads here.  A second way to do this is to use jewelry wire to make a connector between the bead stringing wire and the 3:1 connector.  Our instructions for using wire to make an end connector for bead stringing wire begin here.   We also document a different approach for connecting beadstringing wire, also using jewelry wire here.  (Please note that because of the nature of this necklace, with three strands connecting into the 3:1 wire component, we do not recommend using 22 gauge jewelry wire, we recommend using 24 gauge jewelry wire.  We also do not recommend using end cones to hide the wire.  With the smaller, 24 gauge wire, we recommend leaving the wire exposed as shown in the picture below.  Finally, in the sample necklace shown here, we used a new approach with 24 gauge jewelry wire making a loop at the end of each strand of beads.

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Step 22:  The final step in making this necklace is to connect the single loop in the 3:1 connector to your clasp.  In the picture above you can see that we made this connection using 24 gauge jewelry wire and a wrapped bead link.  You can find our instructions for making a wrapped bead link by selecting here.

Completed 3 Strand Jewelry Wire and Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

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Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This completes your 3 Strand Jewelry Wire and Beads necklace.   We hope you like this project. 

 

 

 

 



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