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Stringing on Wire 2

Necklaces made with India Beads and a jewelry wire connection to the clasp.Instructions in using jewelry wire with bead stringing wire to make advanced necklaces

There are four necklace designs shown at right.  These designs use our Rainbow AB specialty beads in red, yellow, blue and green colors.  We also use a new technique for making these necklaces that we believe is more professional than many of the approaches that we showed previously.  We like this technique so much that we intend to use it in all of our future beadstringing projects.  There are two reasons for this.  First, is that this new technique is stronger and more permanent than an approach that uses crimp beads.  Second, this technique is as nice looking as any of the other approaches to making necklaces. 

First, we will describe the approach that we used in making these necklaces.  After we have described the technique, we will discuss each of these four necklaces and the bead combinations used to make them.  We will also discuss alternative bead combinations using the same color Rainbow AB beads. 

Our new approach to making a necklace involves using about three inches of 20 or 22 gauge wire per side, beadstringing wire like Soft Flex, a pair of end cone jewelry findings, and a commercial clasp (we prefer the magnetic clasps.)  The tools required are round nose pliers, bent chain nose pliers, a flush cutter, and a hemostat or some form of clip.


 

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • One commercial magnetic clasp
  • Two end cone jewelry findings 
  • Seven inches of 20 or 22 gauge jewelry wire
  • 28 inches of size .019 Soft Touch Bead Stringing Wire.
  • Beads
  • Flush cutter for cutting Soft Flex and wire.
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Plastic hemostat
  • Ruler
  • 60 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Ability to bend wire using bent chain nose pliers.
  • Ability to make a loop in wire using round nose pliers.
  • Ability to cut with with a flush cutter.

 

 

Necklace made with white multicolor AB beads and an advanced jewelry wire connection to the clasp.Advanced Technique for Connecting Beads to a Clasp: 

There are many steps involved in making a necklace and connecting it to a clasp as shown at right.  In this case, we are going to err by providing too many steps rather than too few.  We hope that these instructions will be suitable for advanced beginners.  Remember as you read these instructions that any text in purple is linking text.  Select that text to view our detailed instructions on that skill. 

Step 1:  Straighten two segments of 22 or 20 gauge wire.  (For advanced beginners use 22 gauge it is easier to follow these steps in 22 gauge wire.) 

Step 2:  Cut the wire to a length of 3 inches. 

Step 3:  Grasp the wire with your bent chain nose pliers about 1 1/4" from one end and bend the wire 90 degrees. 

Step 4:  Using your round nose pliers, grasp the wire on the horizontal wire segment and make an open loop without cutting the excess wire.  Adjust the loop so that it is centered over the vertical wire segment.  See the picture below center. 

Step 5:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the loop and bend the excess wire tail up.  In the picture below-right, the loop rests flat on a table while the wire tail points up and away from the table.  Please note that the wire tail is bent up as if it were starting to wrap around the vertical wire segment. 

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Step 6:  Continue holding the loop in your bent chain nose pliers and bend the vertical wire tail down and across the loop as shown at right.  In this picture, the diagonal wire segment is in essentially the same plane as the loop and the vertical wire segment. 

Step 7:  Thread about 24 inches of Soft Flex bead stringing wire through the open portion of the loop as shown below-left.  Leave about 1 1/2" of excess wire  Using this excess wire tie a knot around the loop.  This isn't mandatory, but it makes the necklace stronger if the wire pulls against the knot rather than pulling against the wire holding it.  It also helps, after tying the knot, to thread the short end of the wire through the loop in the 22 gauge wire a second time. This is done so that the knot can be slid, so that it is on the opposite side of the loop in the 22 gauge wire from the necklace.  Please select here for some detailed instructions in tying this knot.  Again, this helps to make the necklace stronger because if the wire should pull, it will pull against the knot.  After tying the knot, grasp the excess bead stringing wire in your plastic hemostat shown in blue below-left (Item 0357). 

Step 8:  Grasp the loop and the diagonal wire with your bent chain nose pliers as shown center-left below. 

Step 9:  While holding the loop firmly in your bent chain nose pliers, with the pliers in your non-dominant hand, and wrap the wire around the bead stringing wire as shown below center-right.  Wrap the wire around about 2 or 3 times.  This does not have to appear perfect.  You will cover this loop later with an end cone finding. 

Step 10:  Cut the excess 22 gauge wire with your flush cutter.  Continue holding the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and use a second pair of chain nose pliers to squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire so that it will lay flat.  Again remember that this won't show because it will be covered by your end cone finding. 

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Step 11:  Release the wire from your pliers and it should appear as shown at right. 

Step 12:  Pick up the wire and add your end cone to the 22 gauge wire with the wide end of the end cone first.  Push the end cone down as far on the wire as it will go.  Please note that we changed the orientation of the piece in the picture below-left. 

Step 13:  Holding the end cone down as far on the wire as it will go, grasp the wire immediately above the cone as shown below center-left. 

Step 14:  Bend the wire 90 degrees as shown below center-right. 

Step 15:  Grasp the wire with your round nose pliers as close to the 90 degree bend as possible, but on the horizontal wire segment.  In the next step we will make a loop in the wire at this point. 




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Step 16:  Push the wire up and over the upper jaw of your round nose pliers.  This is the first step in making a loop. 

Step 17:  Relax your grip on the wire and reposition the wire as shown below-left.  This will allow you to complete the loop in the next step. 

Step 18:  Push the wire the rest of the way around to complete a loop.  View the loop before removing your pliers.  Adjust the loop left or right so that it is centered. 

Step 19:  Remove the wire from your pliers.  At this point, your wire should appear as shown below center-right. 

Step 20:  Add your clasp to the loop.  You may need to open the loop slightly by bending one side of the loop up with your bent chain nose pliers. 


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Step 21:  Grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers as shown at right. 

Step 22:  Wrap the wire around the wire segment between the end cone and the loop about 2-3 times until the space between the loop and the end cone is filled with wrapped wire.  See the picture below-left. 

Step 23:  Cut the excess wire with your flush cutter.  After cutting the excess wire, continue holding the loop with your bent chain nose pliers and using a second pair of chain nose pliers, squeeze and twist the cut end of the wire until the wire lays flat as shown below center-left. 

Step 24:  At this point your clasp and end cone should appear as shown below center-right. 

Step 25: Begin stringing your beads.  If you use beads that have a large enough hole, string the beads on both strands of bead stringing wire.  If the beads won't accommodate both strands of wire, cut the short wire segment.  If the beads will accommodate both wire strands, don't cut the wire.  Having both strands of the bead stringing wire through the beads makes the connection between the bead stringing wire and the clasp stronger.   Continue stringing beads until you have all of the beads strung on the bead stringing wire. 

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Step 26:  When you have all of the beads strung, you need to make a 22 gauge wire component like the wire component that you completed above in step 6 .  This requires following steps 1 through 6 again.  When you have that wire component completed you need to wrap the bead stringing wire through the loop in the wire component.  At this point you need to make your knot in the bead stringing wire around the loop of wire.  When you have completed the knot, thread the end of the wire through the first few beads on the string.  Tighten the knot and remove the slack in the wire until there is about 1/8 to 3/16" of wire between the beads and the loop. 

Step 27:  Once the slack is out of the wire, grasp the loop with your bent chain nose pliers as you did in step 8.  Then wrap the 22 gauge wire around the bead stringing wire as you did in step 10.  Wrap the 22 gauge wire about 2 to 3 times around the bead stringing wire, until the gap between the loop and the beads is filled. 

Step 28:  Cut the excess 22 gauge wire with your flush cutter.  Continue holding the loop in your bent chain nose pliers and using a second pair of chain nose pliers, squeeze and twist the wire until the cut end lays flat. 

Step 29:  Using your flush cutter, cut the excess bead stringing wire. 

Step 30:  As we did on the first end, add the end cone to the wire and push the end cone all the way down as you did in step 12, and 13.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the wire immediately above the end cone and bend the wire 90 degrees as shown below-right. 

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Step 31:  Finish the necklace by making a loop at the top using your round nose pliers, adding the clasp, then wrapping the wire to hold the clasp permanently.  Follow steps 19 through 23.  When you have completed this step, the clasp should appear as shown at right. 

Necklace jewelry making project with jewelry wire connection to clasp and pearl beads.Alternative Designs:

When making any necklace there are a couple of things that must be decided.  First is how you will make the necklace.  Hopefully, in the prior sections, we have described the how.  This section will try to address the what.  What materials will you use and what will the necklace look like.  The most simple necklace design is a single strand of just one type of bead.  We actually don't recommend this style of necklace, but we do recommend a slight modification to that design -- a necklace with just two types of beads.  In this case a classic pearl necklace looks great with pearl beads separated by much smaller seed beads.  The seed beads provide spacing between the pearl beads and make it look like the classic hand strung pearl necklace.  Personally, we like seed beads that are the same color as the clasp that you use, either a silver or gold clasp works with crystal S/L or gold/topaz S/L seed beads.  The seed beads used in the necklace shown here are size 8 seed beads and this is a good size -- not too small and not too large.  Please see our item 0980 for use with a silver clasp and item 0981 for use with a gold clasp.  The main beads in this simple necklace can be 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm or even larger.  We are going to call these main bead "background beads".   

Blue Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectWhile a classic pearl necklace with just pearl beads separated by seed beads will go with most outfits, sometimes you want something with a little more style.  To do this we add color and composition by adding focal beads.  This is the next step up in necklace complexity.  Instead of just two bead, you will now use three beads.  In the case of the necklace shown here, the focal beads are our Rainbow AB beads in cobalt blue glass, item 3461 in our Internet store.  This necklace is made by spacing a focal bead evenly along a strand of our background beads all separated by seed beads.  (For we call the basic beads "background" beads because they form the background for the necklace.)  The spacing can be a focal bead for every 2, 3, 4, 5, or more background beads and all background beads and focal beads are separated from one another by size 8 seed beads.  Your background beads can be 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, or 10mm.  The focal beads need to be eye catching and can be any size.  For the necklace shown above, we used the following components:

  • Item 0981 Gold S/L Seed Beads Size 8
  • Item 2727 Swarovski Pearl Cream Size 8mm (background beads)
  • Item 3461 12x6mm Rainbow AB Beads Blue (focal beads)
  • Item 0040 Magnetic Clasp Gold-plate 8mm
  • Item 3285 12x6mm End Cone Gold-filled
  • Item 3019 22G Gold-Filled Round Half-Hard Wire you can use Item 0523 in brass to reduce costs.
  • Item 3313 .019 Silver Soft Touch (Silver is okay because you can't see the bead stringing wire.) 

Here is a matrix of other combinations of beads that will also work to make a similar necklace with our Blue Rainbow AB beads, item 3461 as focal beads.

Clasp Seed Beads Background Beads




Gold or
Gold-filled

Magnetic
6mm
Item 0337
Item 0338
8mm
Item 0040








Size 8
Gold S/L
Item 0981
Swarovski Crystal Pearls
 
6mm White
Cream
Bronze
Gold
Item 2711
Item 2715
Item 2716
Item 2713
8mm White
Cream
Bronze
Gold
Item 2723
Item 2727
Item 2728
Item 2725
10mm White Item 3443

Gemstone Beads

6mm Blue Agate
Blue Sandstone
Azurite
Crystal
Item 3068
Item 3071
Item 3075
Item 3077

 

Yellow Multicolor AB Beads Beadstringing Jewelry Making Project bracelet

Yellow Rainbow AB Beads Jewlery Making ProjectHere is a second necklace design using the yellow rainbow AB beads (Item 3463) as the focal bead.  The necklace shown here uses 10mm black Swarovski crystal pearl beads, item 3444 as the background beads, with four background beads between each focal bead.  Unfortunately, with these AB beads it is difficult to take a picture that adequately captures the beauty of the beads and the sparkle that one sees as these beads move in and out of the light.  This necklace is really quite spectacular, even if our pictures don't adequately capture it.  For the necklace shown here, we used the following items:

  • Item 0981 Gold S/L Seed Beads Size 8
  • Item 3444 Swarovski Pearl Black Size 10mm (background beads)
  • Item 3463 12x6mm Rainbow AB Beads Yellow (focal beads)
  • Item 0040 Magnetic Clasp Gold-plate 8mm
  • Item 3285 12x6mm End Cone Gold-filled
  • Item 3019 22G Gold-Filled Round Half-Hard Wire you can use Item 0523 in brass to reduce costs.
  • Item 3313 .019 Silver Soft Touch

Here is a matrix of other combinations of beads that will also work to make a similar necklace with our Yellow Rainbow AB beads, item 3463 as focal beads.

Clasp Seed Beads Background Beads





Gold or
Gold-filled

Magnetic
6mm
Item 0337
Item 0338
8mm
Item 0040









Size 8
Gold S/L
Item 0981
Swarovski Crystal Pearls
 
6mm White
Cream
Bronze
Gold
Black
Tahitian
Many others
Item 2711
Item 2715
Item 2716
Item 2713
Item 2740
Item 2739
 
8mm White
Cream
Bronze
Gold
Black
Tahitian
Many others
Item 2723
Item 2727
Item 2728
Item 2725
Item 2747
Item 2746
10mm White
Black
Item 3443
Item 3444

Gemstone Beads

6mm Blue Agate
Blue Sandstone
Green Agate
Yellow Jade
Crystal
Many others
Item 3068
Item 3071
Item 3070
Item 3092
Item 3077
 

 

Green Multicolor AB Beads Beadstringing Jewelry Making Project braceletMaking A Necklace using Green Rainbow AB Beads --A Jewelry Making Project

Here is a fourth design using our Green Rainbow AB beads as focal beads (item 3460).  For this necklace we used green, 6mm Swarovski crystal pearl beads as the background beads, with four background beads between each focal bead.  The materials used in making this necklace are shown below:
 

  • Item 0981 Gold S/L Seed Beads Size 8
  • Item 2714 Swarovski Pearl Green Size 6mm (background beads)
  • Item 3460 12x6mm Rainbow AB Beads Green (focal beads)
  • Item 0338 Magnetic Clasp Gold-plate 6mm
  • Item 3285 12x6mm End Cone Gold-filled
  • Item 3019 22G Gold-Filled Round Half-Hard Wire you can use Item 0523 in brass to reduce costs.
  • Item 3313 .019 Silver Soft Touch

Here is a matrix of other combinations of beads that will also work to make a similar necklace with our Green Rainbow AB beads, item 3460 as focal beads.

Clasp Seed Beads Background Beads






Gold or
Gold-filled

Magnetic
6mm
Item 0337
Item 0338
8mm
Item 0040










Size 8
Gold S/L
Item 0981
Swarovski Crystal Pearls
 
6mm Green
White
Cream
Bronze
Gold
Black
Tahitian
Many others
Item 2714
Item 2711
Item 2715
Item 2716
Item 2713
Item 2740
Item 2739
 
8mm Green
White
Cream
Bronze
Gold
Many others
Item 2726
Item 2723
Item 2727
Item 2728
Item 2725
 
10mm White Item 3443

Gemstone Beads

6mm Green Agate
Dark Adventurine
Chrysocolla
Lemon Jade
Malachite
Yellow Jade
Crystal
Many others
Item 3070
Item 3072
Item 3076
Item 3081
Item 3083
Item 3092
Item 3077
 

 

Red Multicolor AB Beads Beadstringing Jewelry Making Project bracelet

Red Rainbow AB Necklace Jewelry Making ProjectThe necklace shown here uses our red Rainbow AB beads (Item 3462) as focal beads and 6mm red agate beads (item 3070) as the background beads. 

This necklace has a more muted appearance because the focal beads are very close in color to the background beads.  Muted doesn't mean bad, it may be just right for some people or some outfits.  Here is a design principle that we believe in -- If the outfit has a lot of style then the jewelry should be muted, if the outfit is rather simple then the jewelry should be more bold.  The same thing applies to the design of a necklace.  If the background beads have more style then the focal beads should be simpler.  If the background beads are simple then you can have very complex or noticeable focal beads.  The overall concept is that you don't want the ensemble to fight itself.  A striped tie doesn't look good with a striped shirt because the stripes fight one another visually.  So much for dress for success by WigJig.

Getting back to this necklace, this necklace was made with the following materials:

  • Item 0981 Gold S/L Seed Beads Size 8
  • Item 3070 6mm Red Agate Beads (background beads)
  • Item 3462 12x6mm Rainbow AB Beads Red (focal beads)
  • Item 0338 Magnetic Clasp Gold-plate 6mm
  • Item 3285 12x6mm End Cone Gold-filled
  • Item 3019 22G Gold-Filled Round Half-Hard Wire you can use Item 0523 in brass to reduce costs.
  • Item 3313 .019 Silver Soft Touch

Here is a matrix of other combinations of beads that will also work to make a similar necklace with our Green Rainbow AB beads, item 3462 as focal beads.

Clasp Seed Beads Background Beads












Gold or
Gold-filled

Magnetic
6mm
Item 0337
Item 0338
8mm
Item 0040
















Size 8
Gold S/L
Item 0981
Swarovski Crystal Pearls
 
6mm Rose
White
Cream
Cream Rose
Peach
Many others
Item 2712
Item 2711
Item 2715
Item 2729
Item 2743
 
8mm Rose
White
Cream
Cream Rose
Peach
Many others
Item 2724
Item 2723
Item 2727
Item 2731
Item 2724
 
10mm White Item 3443

Gemstone Beads

6mm Red Agate
Red/Gold Sandstone
Rose Quartz
New Jade
Red Adventurine
Red Jasper
Yellow Jade
Crystal
Many others
Item 3070
Item 3073
Item 3074
Item 3085
Item 3087
Item 3088
Item 3092
Item 3077
 

Blue Multicolor AB Beads Beadstringing Jewelry Making ProjectOther Considerations when Making Necklaces:

Let's discuss several items of technical information about making necklaces.  First, let's discuss a little about the length of necklaces.  Necklaces can come in several styles as follows -- there are chokers, about 14 to 16 inches long, there are princess length necklaces 17 to 19 inches long, there are matinee length necklaces 20 to 23 inches long and there are opera length necklaces 28 to 34 inches long. 

Second, we need to discuss how many focal beads to use in a necklace.  Here is the rule -- never have an even number of focal beads.  You can make a necklace with 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 focal beads.  As long as you don't have an even number of focal beads, there will always be a focal bead at the center of the necklace and when worn the necklace will appear symmetrical. 

Third, here is a simple rule for selecting the size of Soft Flex that you use.--  Use the largest size of Soft Flex that will fit through all the beads in your necklace.  For most beads from our Internet store this will be size .024 Soft Flex.  If you use freshwater pearls or some gemstone beads you will find that you may be forced to use size .014 Soft Flex.  For some beads it will be .019 Soft Flex.  Again, the rule is simple -- used the largest size that fits. 

Fourth, when knotting silk thread, frequently people use needles to help get the thread through the hole in the beads.  When using Soft Flex, the Soft Flex beadstringing wire is sufficiently stiff that we find that you won't need a needle. 

Fifth, we discussed this earlier, but it merits discussing it again.  If you have simple or mono-color background beads you can use almost any focal beads, but focal beads with more complexity, color or style will work well.  If your background beads aren't mono-color, you will probably want to reduce the complexity, color or style of your focal beads.  If your background beads have many colors, you may want focal beads with just a single color, but in a size, or shape that makes them stand out against the background beads. 

Bead Board for Making NecklacesSixth, some people will find that it helps them to lay out a necklace design on a bead board.  A bead board isn't required for most necklaces made with just background beads, focal bead and seed beads, but it can be helpful for more complex necklaces.  You can view a bead board at right and see how the measurements on that board will help to determine the length of a necklace.  Focal Bead Group Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Finally, lets discuss the next step in complexity of necklaces.  Earlier we indicated that the simplest necklace that we recommend is just background beads and seed beads with no focal beads.  The next step up in complexity is background beads, one or more focal bead and seed beads combined into necklaces.  We discussed making this type of necklace and provided several examples with the  materials to make them.  The next step up in complexity is to replace your focal beads with a focal bead group.  A focal bead group is a series of two or more beads.  In this type necklace you replace the single focal bead with a pattern of beads.  Just like the necklace with single focal beads, you use an odd number of focal bead groups.  See the picture at left for an example of this type of necklace.  You can select that picture to view our instructions for making that necklace.

Many of these concepts may seem obvious, they probably are.  Sometimes it is good to state the obvious, because it can help a beginner to get started with the right techniques.  Our hope is that everyone will find a nugget of information that will be of value to them. 

Below, you can view several larger pictures of necklaces.  Hopefully, one of these pictures will give you an idear for your own unique necklace design. 

 

 

Stringing Beads to Make Jewelry with Wire and Beads Orange Necklace

Blue Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

Yellow Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project with black pearl beads

Green Rainbow AB Beads Necklace Jewelry Making Project

 

 

 

 



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