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Make a beautiful, deceptively easy, multi-strand illusion bracelet and necklace with Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, Tube Slide Ends, and a stash of bead soup!

I love the project that we featured on Facebook Live this week! The Slide Connectors with Lobster Extension Clasps and the Tube Slide Ends are some of the most versatile components in our catalog. These two Findings are similar in their function, but the Connectors that have the Lobster Clasps attached are slightly larger - with a 3.5mm opening and a Lobster Clasp and chain attached. The Tube Slide Ends don't come with a clasp, and they have a tube diameter of 2.44mm which makes them the perfect size for size 11 seed beads and Delicas. When we first brought these findings in, we were focused on using them for finishing off projects made with the Jewel Loom.

However, once we started using them more and more, we realized that there are so many other ways to use them. For example, they are perfect for finishing off cup chain ends. I hate having to wire wrap the ends of cup chain, I don't ever like how it looks, and I never can find official "cup chain ends". A 3mm cup chain will slide in perfectly.

I also love crimping the ends of Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire and sliding them in to make multi-strand illusion bracelets and necklaces.

It's fabulously easy to do. Just loop the wire over the end of a Crimp Bead or Tube, crimp with the Crimping Pliers, slide the crimp into the Tube End, and use a Pliers to bend down the end.
Follow along in the Video to see how I add some Beads from a Bead Soup desk and floor sweep to make a fun and eclectic design.

Materials Used:
Bead Soup Mix

  1. Cut about 10 x 16" lengths of Bead Stringing Wire.
  2. One by one, loop the very end of each Wire around a Size 2 Crimp Bead and crimp it in place.
  3. Slide all of the crimped Wires into one Tube End.
  4. Now the fun starts. Add beads to each wire in turn in a random order with random spacing by flattening a Size 1 Crimp Tube on each side of the bead to hold it into place.
  5. Repeat step 2 and loop the other end of the Wire around a Size 2 Crimp Tube and Crimp the Tube.
  6. Slide the loose Wires - don't worry about the order - one by one into the other Tube End and close the side to hold the Wires in place.
Remember, this is an imprecise project. The Wires don't have to be exactly the same length, and the spacing doesn't have to be perfectly even. The colors and bead shapes are totally random. It's a good challenge for me to go outside my comfort zone of symmetry and order, and I love being able to give a purpose to beads whose fate might otherwise be to stay in a mixed bowl - or worse, on the floor of Wyatt's office - forever.

Thanks for joining me. Until next time....
Happy beading!