Coral Multistrand Necklace How-To

Nov 12, 2012

I've been saving back several hanks of coral-colored Czech seed beads in various sizes for a rainy day. Today it didn't rain, but it was a quiet day at the office and I decided to give the bead spinner a go and put together this chunky necklace. Awhile ago, Danielle Fox and I tried the bead spinner out for the first time and found that it takes practice to use efficiently. So I decided to start with the bigger beads until I got the hang of it.


I placed a bead stop on one end of 3' of thread, strung 24" of beads, then placed a bead stop on the other end of the thread. I ended up stringing 4 strands of large beads (size 8/0) and 10 strands of small beads (small 9/0). Then I tied one end of the strands together in groups to make the strands more manageable.


Next, I tied one end of all the strands together with an overhand knot; then I strung the loop of 1 eye pin and tied another overhand knot that attaches to the loop (and repeated on the other end of the strands). I dabbed the knot with clear jewelry cement and let it dry.


Then I finished each end with a cord end and wrapped loop, and attached jump rings and the clasp. Voila! To wear, twist the necklace to create a spiral before clasping the closure.


Bead chic!

Kate Wilson

Project Editor

Blue Moon seed beads: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores; FireLine braided beading thread in brick red and paprika: Sparkle Spot; Cord ends: The Bead Cache.




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Zibbey wrote
on Nov 17, 2012 8:58 AM

I have been standing on the sidelines for awhile, reading your emails and admiring all the wonderful creations everyone makes and shares!  I guess today is the day I jump in with both feet - I am giddy with anticipation of what's to come!!  If I remember correctly, I was looking around on the 'Wire Sculpture' site and was sent over here to check out something they were incorporating into one of their projects!!  How exciting and convenient you all make it for the rest of us!  Thank you


Kate Wilson wrote
on Nov 21, 2012 1:50 PM

Thank you for your kind words, Belinda! We're passionate about making jewelry, and we really enjoy sharing tips and techniques with all of you. The beading community is such a great group to be a part of! I think the more you jump into it, the more you'll love it.