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Twisted Multi Strand Bead Necklace Video Tutorial

Twisted Multi Strand Bead Necklace Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome to another video brought
to you by and Today we’ll be making this multi-strand
beaded necklace with a rather interesting beaded bail, I think you’ll like it.
To make this necklace you will need six 15 inch strands of beads, a few different colors
and different shades, different finishes, different sizes makes a great mix. You want
to string those each on about a 22 inch piece of bead string or beading thread. And if you
have a tool like this, these are called bead bugs and it’s just a spring with handles,
it’s a fantastic little grip to keep your beads from falling off the string. You also
want another 4 inches of beads on about a 15 inch piece of thread. You need two 4 inch
pieces of chain, two 2 inch pieces of wire, 3 or possibly 4 jump rings, if you have fine
chain you’ll need an extra jump ring. Two bead caps, one clasp and a pendant of your
choice. For tools you’ll need wire cutters, round nose pliers, two pair of chain nose
pliers, if you don’t have the little bead bugs or some other kind of clamp hemostats
are terrific clamping tools. You’ll also need some fray check and an awl. To get started with our necklace we want to gather up all six ends of thread at one end
and this little thing is great because we can just clamp it on. This is why you need
to leave plenty of threads so that it’s easy to make a knot. And that’s it, you just treat
them all as one and I’m going to slide this knot out a little bit so that I have a fair amount left
for when I do the other end. Here you go. The next step is to put a drop of fray check
on there, let it dry and then trim the ends. Now I can remove this and I’m going to gather
up all the ends except for this one, I’m going to gather them all up in one clip. So the
best way I’ve found to tie the other end when you have multiple strands of beads so
that they’re all pulled up where they ought to be is to hold them all in one hand and
then one by one pull each strand so that you feel the beads rest against your fingers. (Oh, see that one needed to be pulled up, and that one too, so great.) So now that they’re all even and we have even lengths of the strands, I can hold these threads
together and make another knot just the same way we made the first one but make sure that
this one we use our awl and just snug that up so that it’s right close to the beads. And
it’s ok if there’s a little bit of slack, that’s good because then the beads will hang
nicely and gracefully, if you make it too tight the beads strands are stiff.
So then repeat by adding a drop of fray check and letting it dry and trimming the ends.
While the fray check is drying let’s go ahead and work on our bail. So here’s our 4 inches of
beads strung on about a 15 inch piece of bead thread, and we’re just going to make a tie and bring that up. (Let me zoom in a little for you.) And then what you want to do is fold this in half so that you have, so you find the center; the midpoint
between those beads, and then go ahead and take one of the pieces of thread and put it
under those beads and then take your thread and make another tie, and what that’s going
to give you is a figure eight which when you fold in half you’ll have two
loops and that is your bail. So once you have your figure eight then go ahead and make a square knot by going right over left and left over right. Add a drop of fray check, let it dry and trim the ends. So we’ll set that aside. Next we’ll start doing some of the shaping
of our wire. Go ahead and grab the end of your piece of wire about 3/8 inch from the end,
put that into the flat part of your chain nose pliers and give that a 90 degree bend, then
go ahead and grasp that bent end in the round part and just form a hook, this does not have
to be beautiful, this is going to hold our bead strands in the cap, and repeat on the
other one. Also while we’re here waiting for the fray check to dry go ahead and put your
jump rings on. So open the jump ring by holding one side with chain nose pliers, have
the split at 12 o’clock, grab the other side with another pair of chain nose pliers, push
one pair away from you, pull the other towards you so that your jump ring is twisted open
not pulled open into an oval shape. Slip on the chain, slip on the lobster clasp, close
that up. If you have fine chain, go ahead and repeat the process to add a jump ring
to one end of the other piece of chain. Now the fray check is dry we can go ahead
and assemble this into a necklace. Grab one of the wire hooks that you made and loop
it right over the knot, right in-between three of the strands so three are on one side and
three are on the other, just like that. And then use chain nose pliers to close that up. Slide on a
bead cap and that covers the knot and all the mess and then we’re going to make a loop
here, and I’m actually going to use the bead cap to make a bend because I really want this
bend to be very close. So make the bend, grab your round nose pliers and make a loop just
like we’ve done before, reposition the pliers and then finish the loop. Use flush cut wire cutters
to cut that loop make with the wires cross and use the flat part of your round nose pliers
to flatten it out and repeat on the other end, and here we are just about done. I added
the bead cap to the other end of the necklace and also added a piece of chain to each end
with a jump ring, one has a lobster clasp and one doesn’t.
The final steps are to add your pendant to your bail, so this pendant has a big jump
ring which is just right. You just slide that over the bail. Use your chain nose pliers
to close it up nice and secure, and then slide the bail right onto the necklace. And there you have it, a multi-strand necklace with a very unique bail. Here’s another look at our finished project.
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14 thoughts on “Twisted Multi Strand Bead Necklace Video Tutorial”

  1. You suggest to use "bead thread" to string the beads for this piece. Is Fire Line the same thing? That's all I have and I wanted to make sure that was it before I attempt to string them and it falls apart. Thanks 🙂

  2. Hi. I am wanting to learn how to twist the strands and keep them twisted. I was hoping you would show this but didn't. I am currently using tiger tail. Is that the problem why it always wants to untwist? What size thread do you use? Thank you. Yulia

  3. Hi Yulia,

    The only way I've found to keep the strands twisted is to twist them as far as I think looks good right before putting the necklace on. Once you attach the clasp, they're pretty much held in place. I don't think whether you use wire or thread makes a difference, but if anyone knows better I'd love to hear about it!

    Happy creating, 🙂


  4. Hi. I found another one after I messaged you. She said you tape or fix the strings to a table, then one string at a time (all in the same direction). Then you fix the ends together. When you release the end you taped (or both ends probably) the cords want to untwist but only wrap around each other making the twist. We did a test last night and it worked but don't have the best cord. We will try once we get some. Yulia.

  5. Fire Line is great! It's very strong. I also use Nymo, or just the beading thread you can find at a craft store.
    Just be sure you don't have beads with sharp edges (like ceramic beads or poorly finished glass beads) that can cut through your thread.

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    I haven't used S-lon before, but if it's fine enough to go through your beads and will knot securely, I don't see why it wouldn't work. 🙂

    Happy creating!

  7. How about the twisted part?  That's what I needed to see…you didn't even twist it in the end as the title says.

  8. Fantastic!  This is the first and best instructions for a beaded bail I've seen!  The whole video is very, very good.  The instructions are detailed and.clear.  I'll be watching it again.  One negative: Where are the instructions for twisting?  I need that, too!  I'll be checking out your other videos too!

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