This pretty Multi Strand Pendant Necklace is made by layering a chain necklace, a charm necklace, and a beaded necklace together into one multi-strand necklace. We’ll show you how to make each strand and how to combine them together so they become one gorgeous layered necklace. We love how it looks like three necklaces, but it goes on easily with one clasp.
Here’s a complete video showing how to make the beaded strand, the chain strand, and the strand featuring the elephant charm. In the video tutorial, we show you how to gather these strands together and finish the ends with a clasp.
Video How-to: Multi Strand Necklace With A Charm
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How To Make A Multi Strand Necklace With A Charm
Elephant charm, gold, 14mmx16mm (We got it from Halcraft!)
17″ Fine gold chain
18″ Bead chain, gold with 2mm turquoise crystals
26-gauge wire, gold
Bead stringing wire, 19-strand, gold
11/0 size seed beads, turquoise, amber, gold, cobalt, and clear
2 Clamshell bead tips, gold
2 Crimp beads, gold, size #1
Optional: Bead Bug
1. Make the Beaded Strand
To create the first necklace using bead stringing, start by cutting an 18″ piece of bead stringing wire. Place a Bead Bug on one end of the bead stringing wire, or fold a piece of masking tape over the end. This will keep the beads from sliding off the wire as you are beading. Mixed the different color seed beads together and fed them on randomly until you have 16 inches of the bead stringing wire covered in beads.
To finish the end, slide on a clamshell bead tip by feeding the wire up through the bottom of the clamshell.
Then slide a crimp bead onto the wire.
Using the chain-nose pliers, flatten the crimp bead onto the wire. The use the same pliers to gently close the clamshell over the crimped crimp bead.
Attach the loop of the clamshell bead tip to the loop on the toggle clasp. Close the loop.
Remove the masking tape or Bead Bug from the other end of the wire. Slide all the beads down toward the other finished end. Slide on clamshell bead tip, then a crimp bead. Make sure there is no slack in the wire by pushing the clamshell and crimp down to the beads.
The crimp will slide inside the clamshell. Reach inside the clamshell with the chain-nose pliers and flatten the crimp bead.
Trim the wire with the wire cutters. Then gently close the clamshell over the crimp bead using the chain-nose pliers. Be careful not to dent the clamshell. Then attach the loop of the clamshell to the loop of the clasp. Close the clamshell loop.
2. Make The Beaded Chain Strand
To make the bead chain strand, first cut 2 crystals from the bead chain. To do this, use the wire cutters to cut through the last two links in the bead chain. Remove the crystals and set them aside. Measure the leftover bead chain and remove any links to make the chain 16.5″ long.
To attach the bead chain to the clasp, start by cutting a 3″ piece of the 26-gauge beading wire. Make a 90-degree bend in the wire about 1/3 of the way down the wire using the round-nose pliers. Reposition the pliers to the top of the bend and push the wire over the top jaw to make a partial loop. Reposition the bottom jaw in the loop and finish pulling the wire around to complete the loop.
Slide the last link of the bead chain into the loop. Then hold the loop across with the pliers and wrap the tail around two times. Trim the end with the wire cutters.
Slide on one of the crystals you cut from the bead chain.
Then make another wrapped loop in the wire, sliding the clasp into the loop before finishing the two wraps.
Repeat to attach the other end of the bead chain to the other side of the clasp.
3. Make The Chain Strand With the Charm
To make the charm strand, slide the charm onto the 17″ gold chain.
Make a wrapped loop connector as you did to connect the bead chain to the clasp. To do this, cut a 3″ piece of wire. About 1/3 of the way down the wire piece, make a 90-degree bend using the round-nose pliers. Reposition the pliers to the top of the 90-degree bend and push the wire over the top jaw of the pliers to make a partial loop. Reposition the bottom jaw in the loop and finish pulling the wire around to complete the loop. Slide the last link of the gold chain into the loop. Then hold the loop across the pliers and pull the tail around two times. Trim the wire end.
Select one of the gold seed beads from before and slide it onto the wire.
Make a 90-degree bend above the seed bead. Reposition the pliers to the top of the 90-degree bend and push the wire over the top jaw of the pliers to make a partial loop. Reposition the bottom jaw in the loop and finish pulling the wire around to complete the loop. Slide the toggle clasp into the loop.
Then hold the loop across with the pliers and pull the tail around two times to wrap the loop. Trim the wire end.
Repeat to make a connector attaching the other end of the chain to the other side of the clasp.
Finish the connector by making two wraps and trimming the end.
We love how this layered necklace came together. You could make three different necklaces using these instructions. But we love how easy it is to wear this triple layered necklace using just one clasp! What do you think?
Jennifer & Kitty
If you like charm necklaces, here’s a simple Charm Necklace one we made:
If you like bead stringing, you might like this Long Beaded Necklace.
Joan Peckham says
I am looking for a gold side clamshell bead tip that will hold a 6mm pearl in it. A friend has asked me to fix the clasp on her pearl necklace and this is the only way I can see to fix it. The pearls are individually knotted and although I could redo the whole necklace, I was thinking maybe something like the side bead tip would work. If you know of a way to fix it without redoing the complete necklace, I would appreciate your input.