This dramatic Beaded Statement Necklace is really just a simple bead stringing project. Once you learn this technique you can make all kinds of beaded necklaces. We think the bold agate beads in this one would pair nicely with a little black dress for the holidays. And the crystal filigree clasp can be worn in the front or the back.
We made a video showing how to create your own Beaded Statement Necklace step by step. We’ll show you how to arrange the beads into a design you like. We’ll share how to bead the bead stringing wire. And we’ll show you a special way to finish the ends and put on the clasp. Follow along as we make the beaded necklace, then use the written instructions below to make your own. And remember while you are working on your own necklace if you have any questions, leave us a comment below and we’ll reply. We’re here to help!
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How To Make A Beaded Statement Necklace
7 Agate beads, black, 20mm x 30mm
14 Faceted rondelle beads, silver metallic, 7x8mm
8 Faceted rondelle beads, black, 7x10mm
1 Toggle clasp, silver-plated, 25mm diameter
2 Crimp beads, silver-plated
2 Crimp bead covers, silver-plated
2 Wire guardians
19-Strand bead stringing wire, bright silver color
1. To create your necklace design, lay the beads out on a piece of felt or a bead board. This finished necklace will be 17″ long including the clasp. We like to start by arranging the largest beads first. Then we fill in with the smaller beads. For this necklace, we evenly spaced the large agate beads, then filled in the spaces between the agate beads with alternating faceted rondelle beads in silver and black.
2. To get started beading the necklace, cut a 25″ length of bead stringing wire. Fold a piece of masking tape over one end of the wire to keep the beads from sliding off the wire while you bead.
3. Next, bead the necklace. Start at one end of your arranged beads and slide the beads, one bead at a time, onto the wire. Just follow the order of your arranged beads.
Continue feeding on the beads until all the beads are on the wire.
4. To finish the end, slide on a crimp bead. (Do not crimp it yet.)
Next feed the end of the wire through the opening in the wire guardian.
The wire guardian is like a horseshoe shaped tube of wire that protects the wire from wear and tear.
Next slide the wire into the toggle and nestle the toggle clasp into the hook of the wire guardian.
Then feed the end of the wire back through the crimp bead.
Tighten up the wire so the toggle is next to the clasp. Flatten the crimp bead with your chain-nose pliers.
Slide a crimp bead cover over the crimp bead. Gently press the crimp bead cover closed over the crimp bead.
Slide the end of the wire back through a few beads.
Slide the beads down to the finished end of the necklace. Remove the masking tape. Repeat the steps above to add a crimp bead and a wire guardian. Then slide on the other side of the clasp. Feed the wire back through the crimp bead. Pull the wire so there is no slack in the beaded part of the neckalce. Press the crimp bead closed and cover with a crimp bead cover.
Trim the wire to one or two inches and feed the end back through a few beads.
Once you learn bead stringing the sky’s the limit! You can make all kinds of beaded necklaces and bracelets too! Here’s one of our favorite bead string necklaces: Pearl and Aqua Crystal Beaded Necklace. If you have any questions at all while you are making this necklace, ask in the comments and we’ll reply. We’re here to help you!
Jennifer &; Kitty