How to make tri-strand bead necklaces

How to Make Tri-strand Bead Necklaces

If it is true as they say that a cord of three strands is not easily broken then this tri-strand beaded necklace ought to last till eternity. The simple design is a dream to make, the perfect item for freshers and yet it has an elegance and sophistication to it which is missing in projects by freshers.

To make a tri-strand necklace, you will require – craft thread, a needle, a pair of sharp scissors, a necklace clasp of any kind. You may use the barrel closures 3 packages of 11/0 seed beads.

Once you make the necklace and get the knack of it, you might like to experiment with various beads. Like, utilizing three different sizes of seed pearls, with the smallest on top and largest at bottom, it gives a stunning layered outlook. You can also make two strands out of pearls and one out of cloisonn?. For the time being you should stick to the simple form of bead forms; the seed bead, a fun, elegant, yet inexpensive choice.

A word of caution about your needle; the eye should be large enough to thread easily, but small enough to slip through your beads easily. Always test needle and make sure that it slips through two or three beads to ensure that it will pass easily through the hole.

To start cut three strands of your craft thread. One should be 21 inches, second should be 17 inches and third should be 13 inches. You might wish to change sizes of these threads once you have made this first necklace.

Start with the shortest thread the 13 inch, thread the needles and string the beads. It would be ideal if you stop 2 inches short of the end of thread, it will give you length to tie off the thread.

You have to be very careful at this stage, without loss of any bead, thread the end of 13 inch strand via the second half of your necklace clasp and tie it on. This will prevent the beads from falling off smallest strand while you do the other two.

Repeat the process with the 17 inch and 21 inch threads stopping 2 inches short of the end and tie them to the necklace clasp. Once you have finished the strands, add a drop of glue to the knots of first half and second half of the clasp to add strength to the knots. After you have completed, you should have three swags of beads roughly 18, 14 and 10 inches respectively.

Since these necklaces are so simple and easy to make, they are a big craft experience for children of 8 and above. Teens may also make and exchange these necklaces and children will discover that they are great Mother’s day gifts. Children would most probably prefer to work with layer beads because they are easy to work with. A nice 05/0 or 06/0 bead is normally best for kids 8-12 and some grownups also may prefer larger beads. Tri-strand necklaces bead necklaces may be made with any kind of beads and in any kind of colors and a pendant may be added to the lowest strand, making it the most versatile of all bead necklaces.

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