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How to create a 3 strand necklace with Angela Finch

This is a great project for beginners / intermediate jewellery makers. Learn how to create a beautiful 3 strand weave necklace with a luxury ribbon fastening. Or if you fancy a challenge then why not create your own fastener with wire, it is easier than you think.

You will need:

  • White Faux Pearls 8mm
  • Maroon Faux Pearls 6mm
  • Dusky Pink Faux Pearls 7mm
  • Clear faceted bicones 4mm
  • Beading wire in a colour to match your beads (Tiger tail
  • Red Ribbon
  • 2 Crimps
  • 2 Crimp Bead Covers
  • 2 large jump rings
  • 1mm Silver plated copper wire
  • Large Macrame board
  • Flush Cutters
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Beadsmith 3 step looping pliers or round nose pliers
  • Bead Buddy one step crimper tool or crimper pliers
  • Xuron Thread and Cord Scissors (or any sharp scissors)
  • Ring Mandrel

Time to Make:1hr

Skill Level: Intermediate


  1. Cut 27 inches of tiger tail 3 times. (36 inches if doing the blue version). Attach the tiger tail (beading wire) to the macramé board. Thread the white bead on to all 3 of the strands of the beading wire. Add the dusky pink bead to the left hand strand, and 3 bicones to the right hand strand.
  2. Add the maroon bead to the 2 right hand strands. Push the beads up the strands. Add the white bead to the 2 left hand strands. Push the beads up the strands. Keeping the tension is very important here.
  3. This time add the dusky pink bead to the right hand strand, and the bicones to the left hand strand. Then add the maroon bead to the 2 right hand strands. Then finally the white bead to the 2 left hand strands. Push up all the beads. This is the pattern that will be repeated to the required length of your piece of jewellery.
  4. The length of 3 strand weave needed for a necklace is longer than the large macramé board. So curl around the strands and attach them to the long side of the board to continue the weave. Finish it by adding the white bead to all 3 strands. Make sure the tension is right for the weave by pulling each strand gently.
  5. Ribbon fastening
    Add the crimp to all 3 strands, and then add the jump ring. Put the 3 strands through the crimp and manoeuvre it so the crimp is close to the white bead. This can be tricky. Pull the ends of each strand individually so that the tiger tail forms a small loop around the jump ring. If need be, use your flat nose pliers to pull the strands.
  6. Use the one step crimping pliers to crimp the crimp. When you hear a click it means it has worked. If you do not have one, use crimping pliers. Be aware, that because there are 6 strands in the crimp you will have to press harder than normal.
  7. Now either thread the tails of the strands into the white bead or cut them close to the crimp using the xuron thread and cord scissors or your flush cutters. Attach a crimp bead cover over the crimp, so that it covers it completely. Use your flat nose pliers to gently squeeze the crimp bead cover.
  8. Keep turning the crimp bead cover and gently squeeze each time with your flat nose pliers. It will eventually become a bead with a small seam at one side.
  9. 9. Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon, 19 inches long. Do a larks head knot with the large jump ring. This involves folding the ribbon in half and putting it through the jump ring. Then put the ends of the ribbon through that loop and pull until it’s neat. Do all these steps with the other end of the 3 strand weave. This will create a pretty choker that ties with ribbon at the back.
  10. Wirework Clasp
    Cut 2 10 inch lengths of 1 mm wire. Use the 3 step looping pliers (use the smallest loop) or your round nose pliers to create a small loop in the middle of the wire.
  11. Use the ring mandrel (on k size) to create another loop. Use the left hand side of the wire and wrap around the mandrel so that it passes the small loop. Then take the right hand side of the wire and wrap the opposite way.
  12. This is what it should look like.
  13. Wrap the left hand side of the wire under the small loop, so that it goes the right.
  14. Do the opposite with the right hand wire, going over the small loop this time.
  15. Cut one of the tails, so that it is just long enough to bend over the top of the base of the large loop.
  16. Curve it around the loop, it may need to be cut again with the flush cutters to fit into the gap in the loop. You may need to use the flat nose pliers to manipulate the wire.
  17. Use your flat nose pliers to make that wire flat to the loop. This could take some time. There should be no roughness when you run your finger over the wire. This is very important, as it could irritate your skin or snag your clothes if not done properly.
  18. Do the same with the other side. You have now created half of the clasp. This can be attached to the necklace via the crimp method through the small loop.
  19. Now to create the fastener. Use the 3 step looper (on the middle loop) or round nose pliers to bend the wire into 2.
  20. Use your hands or round nose pliers to manipulate the wire into a curve. This will be what hooks onto the fastener.
  21. Use the flat nose pliers to bend the wires at right angles at the bottom of the hook part.
  22. Use the 3 step looping pliers (the small loop) or round nose pliers to create a small loop on one of the wires near the base of the hook. This will be what you use to attach it to the necklace.
  23. Hold the small loop with the flat nose pliers. Curve each wire end around the top of that small loop. Now do that again.
  24. Cut one wire with the flush cutters so that it is close to the wrap. Use the flat nose pliers to squeeze that end into the wrap so that there is no feeling of roughness.
  25. Cut the other end of the wire, but this time leave a little tail just long enough to create a little loop. Use the round nose pliers to create a loop. Then use a combination of your fingers and the flat nose pliers to make the loop close to the hook. This is a decorative element, again use flat nose pliers to make it smooth to the touch. The hook is now complete.
  26. Attach the hook to the necklace using a crimp on the small loop. The necklace is now complete with a completely handmade fastener.