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Jasper & Brass Bead Triple Strand Necklace Video Tutorial

Jasper & Brass Bead Triple Strand Necklace Video Tutorial


Hello and welcome to another KeepsakeCrafts
jewelry making video. Today we’ll be making this necklace using fancy jasper stones, triple
strands and a different twist from other projects we’ve made. We’ll be using these spacer bars
to keep our strands right in place. To make this necklace, I have chosen five
different types of beads. I started with this strand of fancy jasper dagger shaped beads
that I picked up at a bead show. They’re called fancy jasper because it’s not just one color.
It’s an interesting variation. You get lots of greens, some pinks and reds, some brown.
Even some kind of orange-y beige and you could if you wanted to actually separate out you
know just the greens or just the pinks, but I like the mix so I’ll be using the mix. To go with these beads, I’ve chosen first
of all some brass beads. These are 4mm round beads and these are 2mm slightly faceted.
I’ll show you just a few. You can see they have just a little bit of cuts to them. To
stretch our brass beads, I’ve chosen these little wooden disks that the color goes and
they’re just an interesting contrast and they’ll help stretch our brass beads, which are getting
rather expensive and also I have some little black seed beads. When you’re choosing the beads to go with
a strand of special beads, you might want to take a little bit of time. I actually spent
quite a while stringing samples of the jasper beads. I tried larger black beads. I tried
some larger faceted brass beads and finally settled on these combinations so you might
want to take a little while and just try different combinations and see which ones you like best. In addition to the beads, you will need three
20″ pieces of bead stringing wire. If your beads are lighter, you can use bead stringing
thread, however these stones are rather heavy so I’ll be using wire. You’ll also need two
6″ pieces of chain, a clasp and a jump ring to attach it. If your chain is fine you’ll
possibly need up to three other jump rings, but mine is chunky so I won’t. You’ll need
two eye pins. You’ll need spacer bars and these are great. These are often used in bracelets
with multiple strands, but we’re going to use them today to keep our multi strand necklace
in place. You’ll also need two bead caps and some crimps. For tools, these are a great little tool.
These are called bead bugs. I think these are the mini variety. It’s just a spring with
handles and what you do is clamp it onto your beading wire just like that and you can clamp
it on one end and then do all your stringing, clamp another one onto the other end and for
people who are clutzy like me, you don’t have to worry about spilling your beads and having
to do a bunch of re-stringing. So bead bugs or hemostats or anything else you have to
clamp your wire. For tools you’ll need the usual, some round nose pliers. You’ll need
a couple pair of chain nose pliers. You’ll need wire cutters. Possibly a crimp tool and
I think that will do it. So let me clear the deck and I’ll show you
how we get started. So here I’ve gone ahead and started stringing my main strand of beads
and you’ll want to do this first as well. Just decide what you want, what looks best
with your focal beads so to speak, your main beads and I’ve decided to alternate with these
little round brass beads. And so the first thing to do is string 16″ of your main beads
and your accent beads on your 20″ wire. String three 16″ strands of beads for your necklace.
So now you can see I’ve gone ahead and strung my three strands. My one with the main beads
and then two others to coordinate. It takes a little bit of time. The next thing that you want to do is lay
out your strands to determine their order in your necklace and again we’ll start with
our main one. Just lay it out like a necklace and then position the other one to decide
where it’s going to go. I think I like that one on the inside better than the outside.
And maybe, yeah I think that looks good. We’ll graduate, so the smallest on the inside and
then the larger on the outside and the reason we do this is because the one on the inside
is going to be ever so slightly shorter than the one on the outside. The next step, let me pull this down so you
can see what I’m doing. The next step is to take one of your spacer bars, now if you can’t
find spacer bars with just three, if you find them with five or four or how ever many. Keep
in mind you don’t have to use every single hole. They’re just there to help you so you
can skip holes all together. So then we’re just going to string these through and put
my clip back on for a minute. Okay, yeah I like the way that looks. Next, I always put the clips on even though
I’m only working for a few minutes just because I do tend to knock things over easily. Next
you’ll want to put a few of your smaller beads on these strands because they’re going to
go from the spacer bar into a bead cap so maybe half a dozen 1/2″-3/4″ of your smallest
beads. I think I’m going to use these. You could also use the seed beads. So go ahead
and do that and then I’ll show you how to put it into the bead cap. Once you have your wires strung through your
spacer bar and a few smallish beads strung on the ends, you’ll want to finish these ends
with a crimp bead. Now you may not know it, but crimps actually come in different sizes
and there are actually different size crimp pliers for different size crimps and they
also go with different wires. These happen to be a little big for my crimper so I’m just
using a pair of chain nose pliers to flatten them out and the way you do it, slide the
crimp bead onto your wire and then go ahead and slide the end of the wire back through
the crimp bead. Slide the crimp up so that there’s just a small loop of wire. Let me
see if I can, there we are. So there’s just a small loop of wire. That’s actually too
much, but what I’m going to do is first make sure these wires are not crossing in the bead.
We want them laying flat so they’ll be squished together securely. Go ahead and grab that
bead with your chain nose pliers and then slide it up so there’s, that may be too much,
so there’s maybe 1/8″ and I’m actually going to go down a little further on my crimpers
and now you can just give that a good “ugh” squeeze. Always test it. Grab it, oh that
one pulled off so I’ll have to do it again, but that’s how you do it and once you have
it on, see this one’s nice and secure, once you have it on, you don’t need to if it’s
secured properly, no amount of tail is actually going to do you any good. Let me back out
for you. So once you have your crimp secure on your
wire you can just trim off the excess wire because if it’s not secure, no amount of tail
is going to do you any amount of good. So go ahead and repeat, adding a crimp to each
of these three wires. So now I’ve added crimp beads to each of these ends of wire and made
a loop and the next thing you’ll want to grab is your eye pin and just go ahead and use
a pair of chain nose pliers and open that by twisting it to the side. You don’t want
to pull it apart, the same reason you don’t want to pull a jump ring apart, but twist
it open and then you can go ahead and slip each of those little wire loops right onto
that eye pin. Okay and go ahead and close up your eye pin.
Then slide that eye pin right into a cap, your bead cap and you can see there’s a little
bit too much wire that I left hanging down so I just want to trim that. Alright, slide
on your bead cap and next we’ll make a wrapped loop up here. So grab the wire right as it
comes out of the bead cap and bend it at a 90 degree angle. Grab it with chain nose
pliers. Then use round nose pliers to grab that bend. Wrap up and over the round nosed
pliers as far as you can and that’s about as far as you can get. Re-position your round
nose pliers so you can finish the loop and bring it out so that your wire, let’s straighten
that out a little, is at a 90 degree angle to the first wire that’s coming out of the
cap. Then go ahead and grab that loop with a pair of chain nose pliers and if you need
to, if this is short, you can grab that with pliers as well, but this is long enough that
I don’t need to. Go ahead and wrap it around that stem that’s coming out of your cap and
then use some flush cut pliers to trim off the excess. And here’s a great little tip
for tucking in that extra little wire. Here’s a great use for your crimpers. Use that, can
you see that rounded part of the crimper closer to the tips? You can put that right over your
wire and tuck in that end. Isn’t that beautiful? Alright, now we’re just going to slide everything
down. So slide all our beads down and I’ll come back when I have this mess kind of cleared
up and we’ll be ready to do the other part. Now is the time where you see what I meant
by the strands, the inside strands being longer and they need to be shorter. I went ahead
and had you string the same amount of beads on each strand because it was hard to know
until we reached this point just how much each strand needs to be. So at this point
what you’ll need to do is remove beads. I decided I like this spacing, but I could just
as well make this one come way down here. I could make them any way I want and you can
do the same with your necklace. Whatever kind of spacing pleases you. You could bring this
one way up. Whatever works for you, but what you want to do is remove the beads from the
strand that you’re not going to use that will make it the length you want it to be and then
repeat what we did over here. Add your spacer bar. Add the same amount of
smallish beads to each strand. Fasten it with a crimp and leave a loop of wire and then
attach that to the eye pin. Slide on your bead cap and make a wrapped loop. So go ahead
and be a designer and decide how you want these spaced and then go ahead and finish
up the other end. So here we are with all three strands wired
up into our separators, our spacers and into a bead cap. The final steps are just to add
chain to each of those wrapped loops and then add a lobster clasp. Now if you have fine
chain that doesn’t have big links like this, then you’ll need to use jump rings to attach
the chain to your bead cap loops. This is chunky so I will just use the links, but let
me show you how to open up a jump ring. You just want to grab it with, let me zoom
in a little for you, you want to grab it with the split at 12:00 with a pair of chain nose
pliers and then grab the other side with another pair of chain nose pliers. Push one side
away from you and pull the other towards you so that it’s opened like that. You can see
it from the side and then we’ll just slip on our clasp and slip on our chain and then
to make sure that your jump ring is closed nice and securely, when you pull it back towards
you, go ahead and press inward just a little bit so that those ends rub right up against
each other and that’s how you get a nice tightly closed, securely closed jump ring. So go ahead and add your chain and you’re
all done. So here’s another look at the necklace that we made today. I hope that you enjoyed
this project and that you’ll give it a try. Go ahead and find yourself some beads that
you love. Find some accent beads that go with them and make yourself something beautiful. Thank you so much for watching Keepsake Crafts’
videos. For more ideas in jewelry making and crafting inspiration, please be sure to check
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6 thoughts on “Jasper & Brass Bead Triple Strand Necklace Video Tutorial”

  1. Hi, I'm a new subbie. It was good to see what you were doing close up, and thanks for telling us what you were thinking as you did it. The 3 vs 5 spacer tip will be useful as we start out, I'll buy 5 in the beginning as I get used to working with them, a little more thumb and finger space. I really like those little bugs, they look really cute. Learnt a lot, tfs,, Blessings

  2. Beautiful, thanks for the tip on the spacer bars, that was my problems….love it! I just bought some Jasper beads, so glad I this video came up!

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