Make a sparkling, six-strand necklace using a simple crimp-bead technique.
9 pink faceted crystal round beads, 8mm
37 pink and magenta faceted crystal bicone beads, 6mm
34 pink and magenta faceted crystal bicone beads, 3mm
bead stringing wire, 19-strand, silver , 15’ long
138 silver look crimp beads, #1, .8mm
6 silver clamshell bead tips with loops, 3mm
1 silver lobster clasp, 22mm
2 jump rings, 10mm
1¾” length of silver loop chain
Beacon’s Gem-Tac glue
1. Cut 6 strands of bead stringing wire: 20”, 20½”, 21”, 21½”, 22”, and 22½”.
2. Slide a crimp bead, a crystal bead, and another crimp bead onto a strand of the beading wire. Starting about 5”-6” from the finished end, flatten the crimp beads on either side of the crystal bead with the chain nose pliers. Be sure the crimps are flattened right next to the crystal bead to hold it in place.
3. Continue adding crimps and beads onto the wire so that the beads are about ¾” apart. Stop beading 5” to 6” from the end. Repeat to bead all 6 strands, varying the beads as you go.
4. To finish the ends, feed one end of the two shortest strands up through the bottom of a clamshell bead tip. Flatten a crimp bead onto the end of each strand and slide the clamshell back over the crimps so they sit inside the clamshell. Add a drop of Gem-Tac to the crimped ends inside the clamshell. Use the chain nose pliers to close the clamshell and its loop. Finish the other ends of the two strands using the same technique.
5. For the two middle strands, feed one end of each strand up through another clamshell bead tip and finish the ends as described in step 4. Use the same technique to finish the other ends of those strands. Repeat with the two longest strands.
6. Using the chain-nose and round-nose pliers, open a jump ring, slide the loops of 3 clamshell bead tips onto it along with the lobster clasp, and close the jump ring. Slide the loops from the other ends of the strands to the second jump ring. Add a piece of chain to the jump ring to make the length of the necklace adjustable and close the jump ring.
Holy Moley: If the hole in your bead is so big it slides over your crimp, slide the bead off the wire, flank the bead with two 3mm or 4mm bicones, then add a crimp to the other side.