How to Make a Twisted Bead Necklace

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Linda Johnson

    About the Author

    Linda Johnson is a veteran writer and Photoshop and Illustrator aficionado. She is a TV-radio producer, ad agency owner and a winner of Addy Awards and the First Place Award for Best National Public Service Film. In addition to Johnson's online work, her writing has appeared in "Poetry Guide," the "Indianapolis Star" and Indianapolis Dine magazine.

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    If the beading bug has bitten you, make your next project a fashionable twisted bead necklace. You may use any assortment of the beads you choose, from bugle beads, and triangle beads to seed beads and crystals. One very dramatic combination for a twisted bead necklace is to assemble all shapes and sizes of beads in the same color family. This adds texture and depth to your necklace.

    Things You'll Need

    • Nylon thread or beading wire
    • Assorted beads
    • Beading needle
    • Bead stoppers or crimp beads
    • Jewelry glue
    • Jewelry clasp

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    Design the pattern for each strand, deciding how many strands you want, how long you want them and how you want the bead sizes and shapes to fit together. For instance, you can do one strand that alternates two colors of seed beads, one strand with triangle beads in one color for half the length and in the other for the next half and a third strand that alternates the colors in bugle bead. You can also do a strand with 10 or 12 multicolor beads, then one crystal bead, then the multicolor beads, then one crystal, and so forth.

    Thread the beads you've chosen in continuous strands. For each strand, cut a 100-inch length of nylon, thread through a beading needle and connect the strands with a knot. You may also use beading wire without a needle, adding a bead stopper or a crimp bead to the end.

    Bring both ends of the thread together, knot them securely and add a drop of jewelry cement on the knot to hold it. When the cement is dry, trim the ends of the thread close to the knot.

    Open the clasp. Loop one end of all strands over the opened clasp. Loop the other ends of the strands over one finger, and twist several times.

    Wrap the twisted strands around your neck, place the clasp through the ends that are around your finger, and close the clasp.

    • For a permanent twist to your necklace, open a jump ring and slide one end of each strand onto the ring. Open another jump ring and set it aside for a moment. Twist the strands as you would for the removable clasp, then thread the ends onto the second jump ring. Attach one end to a lobster-claw or spring clasp.
    • Twisting too tightly can cause the strands to break, as can twisting it too often.