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Hi everyone! This is Jessica from JewelryTutorialHQ.com and Bespangled Beads on Etsy.
Today I'm going to show you how to make a multistrand bridal necklace that is really
And of course, you can make this non - bridal by simply using different colors and different
I want to start out by getting a couple of links from this chain. It's a non - soldered
chain and I'm just going to pull these apart.
It's pretty sturdy, which is why I'm going to use it to bead on.
Just make sure those are closed.
Now here I have some beading wire. I'm starting out with a piece that is 20 inches long because
I want my strands to be 12 inches, and I need at least 4 inches extra on both ends.
I'm stringing my first strand of little seed pearls
and instead of counting how many beads I'm using, I'm simply beading until I reach the
desired length, which again, is 12 inches.
Now I'm going to show you how to use a crimping tool.
And I'm going to go through this kind of quickly because I have another video that goes over
this in great detail that is nice and slow.
So I'm going to string on a crimp bead - I'm using 2mm by 2mm sterling silver crimp tubes
and I'm going to thread one end of the beading wire through the loop that I'm going to attach
and then back through the crimp tube like this.
Now I'm going to use my chain nosed pliers to pull this tight. I want to pull it tight
up against that ring because I don't want it to slide around too much
because again this is an open ring and sometimes the wire can slip through.
To use the crimping tool, you start with the groove at the back first - the one with the
little bump in it.
Squeeze the crimp tube once. And that's going to make a nice little groove in your crimp
For the next step, you want to use the front part of the pliers
and squeeze several times around to round that crimp tube up.
Now if you don't have a crimping tool, you can simply use your chain nosed pliers to
squeeze the crimp tube flat.
Trim off the excess using your flush cutters, and then slide the beads up to meet the crimp
tube on this end.
And I'm going to make sure that my strand isn't too tight - you never want to close
your strand while it's in a straight line because you can make it too tight and the
stringing material can break.
To close the strand, string on another crimp tube all the way up to meet the beads and
thread the end of your strand through the link that you want to attach it to
and make sure that the open part is at the top if you're using an open link
Thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp, and now I'm holding this a little
differently because the beads are already on there.
I'm holding the crimp tube tight against the beads this time with my thumb while I pull
it tight with the chain nosed pliers.
And just make sure it can move well.
And again with the back part of the crimping tool -
(or, just squash it flat with your chain nosed pliers)
-and then with the front part of the crimping tool, all the way around.
Now, you've closed up your first strand. Trim off the end.
And I'm going to make this an 8 strand necklace, so I'm going to turn off the camera and I'll
meet you back in a minute
when I've finished my last strand.
Ok, so I've got eight strands - I made them all exactly the same length.
Now I'm going to use some ivory colored tulle - now remember you could also use ribbon or
This is tulle ribbon that is 6 inches wide and I'm cutting a piece that is 3 feet long
and folding it in half once lengthwise
and I'm going to do that one more time. That's just to make this fabric a little bit thicker
since it's so fine. You probably wouldn't have to do this with ribbon.
I'm going to thread it through one of the rings until it is equal length on both sides.
Then I'm going to tie it around itself. So I'm going to wrap it around my fingers and
then tie the knot through that loop.
I'm going to repeat that with another 3 foot length of tulle ribbon for the other side
and tie another knot the same way.
And then you have a variable length necklace that can simply be tied at the length that
you like it.
You can make it long, with a little bow, or you can make it shorter with a bigger bow.
I'm just going to show you real quick a medium length that would probably end up being about
a 20 or 22 inch long necklace.
You could make it a little longer even.
And you can tidy up these ends by trimming with scissors if you need to.
And this will go really nice with a classic or low cut wedding gown.
So that's one way, number two - just use one length of ribbon that is 3 feet long and thread
it through both of the rings
and we can make this into shorter necklace that is more like a choker. Tie a single knot,
and then tie it into a bow.
I think this is really super cute!
And again, you just trim off the ends wherever you want them.
A third way to wear this necklace is by threading the doubled over piece that is 3 feet long
- thread the loop part through one of the links
and then bring both ends back through that fabric loop
and it makes a tidier knot around the ring.
Bring that around the neck and thread it through the other link on the other side
and tie a knot at the length that you like it, around the ring and around the ribbon.
And then you tie those little ends into a sweet small bow
and trim the ends as desired.
So you've got 3 great ways to make an awesome multistrand necklace!
Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you just loved this project and that
you'll join me the next time!
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