Multi-strand designs add a lot of style to any outfit and they're easy to make when you know the tricks. Start with a bead board to arrange the pattern and end with one of the following techniques to finish the necklace or bracelet. Choose the clasp/method that will work best for your design:
1. Use a crimp to attach each strand to a loop on the decorative connector.
2. Use a jump ring, split ring or wire-wrapped bead link to attach the connector to a clasp.
1. Cut a 3" piece of wire.
2. Make a small wrapped loop on one end.
3. Knot or crimp the strands to the wrapped loop.
4. Pass the wire through the wide end of a beading cone.
5. Make a wrapped loop to at attach the clasp outside the narrow end of the beading cone.
Double or Triple EZ-Crimp™ clasp:
1. Pass one beading wire through a hole on the EZ-Crimp™ end.
2. Place the smooth portion of the EZ-Crimp™ finding inside the jaws of the EZ-Crimp™ pliers.
3. Squeeze the pliers so the coiled wires close around the beading wire.
4. Move the pliers down the EZ-Crimp™ finding and make an additional crimp so the entire length of the finding is securely attached to the wire.
Double Scrimp® finding:
1. Loosen the screws on both parts of the Scrimp® finding.
2. Pass one wire through the hole on the short part of the Scrimp® finding.
3. Tighten the screw on the short part of the Scrimp® finding.
4. Pass the other beading wire through the long part of the Scrimp® finding.
5. Pass it through a Wire Guardian™ and the clasp loop.
6. Pass it back through the Scrimp® finding.
7. Tighten the screw on the long part of the Scrimp® finding.
-Katie Hacker for Beadalon