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Tips and Tricks for NEWBIES - multi-strand necklace with visible wire - part 1

In this necklace the beading wires remain visible and are part of the design. You could also opt for colored wire and work with two or even more threads.

multi-strand necklace with visible wire

The hardest part:

  • attach the wires to the toggle
  • evaluate the tension in the wires and keep the wires parallel.

MULTI-STRAND NECKLACE WITH TWO VISIBLE WIRES:

For starters:

  • check that the holes of your beads are large enough to thread two wires.

What you need:

  • large or medium sized beads
  • a toggle clasp
  • 2 crimp tubes or crimp beads
  • 2 times 70 cm cabled wire

Supplies:

  • chain-nose pliers, flush cutters and optionally crimping pliers
  • bead board or a soft towel in a neutral color

Instructions:

  • with your flush cutter, cut off two beading wires
  • attach your clasp and please take your time to do so
  • pull the two cabled wires through an end bead, a crimp tube, the eye of the toggle clasp and back through the crimp tube and the bead
  • make sure the wires are parallel and do not intersect
  • squeeze the crimp tube and cut the excess wire with the flush cutter

attach two wires to toggle clasp

  • stringing further: you will alternate the thread use each time – that is, two times one bead on one wire and one bead over two wires, two times one bead over one wire and one bead over two wires ...
  • in other words: the wires individually and the wires together, the wires individually and the wires together …
  • check to see if your wires are still parallel and maintain the chosen beading pattern

beading pattern

  • make sure you push your beads far enough so that there is some tension, but not so tight that your work has no flexibility
  • give your work symmetry: the beads where the wires converge should be equidistant

beads where wires converge should be equidistant

  • check the length of the necklace and finish by attaching the second part of the clasp: go with both wires through the end bead, a crimp tube, the eye of the toggle clasp and back through the crimp tube and the end bead
  • verify if the wires are neatly side by side and squeeze the crimp tube
  • cut off the excess wire

multi-strand necklace with 2 visible wires

SEE - part 2

Tips and Tricks for NEWBIES - multi-strand necklace with visible wire - part 2

MULTI-STRAND NECKLACE WITH THREE VISIBLE WIRES:

Starting the three wire version:

  • before starting: make sure you actually get three wires through the bead where the wires converge
  • moreover, the crimp tubes need to be significantly larger because you will thread twice, three wires through it – you may need chain-nose pliers to pull the wires through the crimp beads or crimp tubes 
  • string pattern: string each time a single bead on each of the three wires and one bead on the three wires together
  • in other words: three separate wires, wires together, three separate wires, wires together …

multi-strand necklace with 3 visible wires

  • you could of course replace the large or medium-sized beads by several small beads ... as long as you get the wires through them.

Stringing instructions: see http://dunebeads.com/en/tips-and-tricks-for-newbies-multi-strand-necklace-with-visible-wire-part-1


Enjoy your creation!

Do not forget: have fun because practice makes perfect. See you soon!