Past Jewelry Making Techniques:
We maintain a techniques web page that provides links to the discussion of techniques in our prior newsletters. You can visit this web page here. Follow the links on that page to the discussion of the technique in that newsletter.
Jewelry Making Technique:
This weeks jewelry making technique is a discussion on how to make a multi-strand necklace. There are many ways to make a multi-strand necklace or bracelet. One of the more simple ways is to make the 2:1 wire component shown on the left in the above bracelet. This component allows you to connect two individual strands of a necklace to a single clasp. Select the picture above to navigate to instructions on how to make this 2:1 wire component.
Another approach for making a multi-strand necklace is to use a multi-strand clasp. These clasps have two or more separated loops for attaching each individual strand in your necklace. The clasp shown at right is obviously made for a two strand necklace. We have similar clasps for making 3 strand or 5 strand necklaces. Select the picture at right to view our selection of multi-strand clasps.
When making multi-strand necklaces, you can consider using spacer bars to maintain the separation of the strands. You can also use a three hole spacer bar to act as the 2:1 wire component we discussed above. We have 2 hole, 3 hole, 4 hole and 5 hole spacer bars in both silver-tone metal and gold-tone metal. If the effect that you are trying to achieve is individual strands of beads separated by a consistent distance, the spacer bar can help. Please select the picture at left to view our selection of spacer bars.
A final way of making a multi-strand necklace is to combine, or twist the strands together. In this approach, all of the strands are connected to the same two end points. In most cases, for this approach to a multi-strand necklace you would use the same type of clasp as you would use for a single strand necklace and each individual strand would be connected to the loop in the clasp. Please select the picture at right to view some of this type of multi-strand necklace.
Nostalgia Corner -- Some of our favorite jewelry making designs:
This weeks featured design in our Nostalgia Corner is the design for the Deluxe Duplex Earrings shown here. These earrings are made to match the Deluxe Duplex Bracelet shown above in the techniques section. The wire components used here are a slightly smaller versions of the wire components used for the bracelet. The wire component for the bracelet is made on the diagonal pattern on the WigJig Olympus Lite or Olympus, or could be made in almost exactly the same size using the horizontal/vertical pattern of the WigJig Delphi or Centaur. The earrings components were made on the diagonal pattern on the WigJig Delphi or Centaur and are therefore slightly smaller and more delicate. Please view the pattern below. The figure on the left is the size of the component made for the pearl Deluxe Duplex Bracelet shown above in our techniques section. The wire component on the right below is the size of the component used for the earrings. This is a simple example of how to scale a wire component, making an identical design in two different sizes. Please note also that while the wire component on the left is the size of the bracelet component made above, the bracelet component was made on the diagonal of the WigJig Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tool. The diagonal of the Olympus produces designs that are the same size as the horizontal and vertical of the WigJig Delphi and Centaur jewelry tools.