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Three Strands Choker

Instructions for making Three Strands Choker Necklace out of jewelry wire, bead-stringing wire beads and jewelry making supplies using WigJig jewelry tools:

Pearl and Onyxt Beads in 3 Strand Beaded Necklace made using WigJig jewelry tools and common jewelry supplies.
This choker length necklace is a compliment to the Three Strand Bracelet.  We will make the findings for either end of the necklace and for the spacer bars that keep the 3 strands in position using one of our WigJig jewelry making tools.  We then string the beads on Soft Touch or Soft Flex. 

A larger view of this design can be found at the end of this article.

This is an advanced-beginners jewelry making project, and can be made on any of our WigJig jewelry tools with just six regular metal pegs and two 3/16" Super Pegs.  The Super Pegs are used to make the jewelry wire chain at one end of the necklace that allows the necklace to be adjustable in length.  For this choker length necklace, we want the necklace to be relatively snug to the wearer's neck, but we don't want the choker to become a choking necklace.  The chain we make at the end of one side of the necklace allows us to vary the length of the necklace to accommodate the wearer.  
 

Jewelry Supplies Required:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • 24 inches of 18 gauge jewelry wire
  • 16 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire
  • 45 inches of 6mm round beads
  • 108 size 6 seed beads
  • 54 inches of Soft Touch or Soft Flex bead stringing wire
  • 6 2x2mm crimp beads
  • One commercial clasp
  • WigJig Delphi, Centaur, Olympus or Olympus Lite jewelry tool with 6 regular pegs
  • Two 3/16" Super Pegs for your jewelry making jig.
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter for Soft Flex
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers (recommended)
  • Ruler
  • Bead Crimping Pliers (Standard Size)
  • 2 hours of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Pearl Beads in 3 Strand Beaded Necklace made using common jewelry making supplies and jewelry tools.

We  have three jewelry wire components to make in this jewelry making project.  The first component is the end bar and the spacer bar finding for either end of the necklace and for holding the three strands of beads in position.  The second component is the 2-1 component that connects the end spacer bar component to the single clasp.  The third component is the chain component that creates the adjustable length clasp. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the 3 Strand Choker using wire, beads, common jewelry supplies and WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut two segments of 18 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire each 2" long (2-1 component), ten more segments of 18 gauge jewelry wire each 1 7/8" long (spacer bar and end bar) and 6 segments of 20 gauge 1/2 hard jewelry wire each 2 1/2 inches long (chain). 

Step 2:  Using your Step Jaw Pliers or round nose pliers make a loop in the end of each jewelry wire segment with the flush cut.

Step 3:  Grip each jewelry wire segment in turn by the loop you made and using your nylon jaw pliers straighten each wire segment by repeatedly pulling the wire through the jaws of the pliers. 

Step 4 to instructions for making 3 Strand Beaded Necklace showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry making tool.Step 4:  We begin making the wire components by making the 18 gauge 3 strand spacer bar for each end of the bracelet and for the spacer bars.  Use one of the 1 7/8" jewelry wire segments.  Position pegs 1 and 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Place the initial loop on peg 1 and wrap the wire around peg 2.  Then add peg 3 and wrap the wire around peg 3.  At this point your jewelry wire component should appear as shown.  Do the same thing for all 10 segments of 1 7/8" 18 gauge wire.  (Please note we now recommend making this three hole spacer bar differently for those locations in the middle of the necklace.  Use the prior instructions for making the beginning and ending spacer bars.  Please select here to view our imporoved instructions for making a multi-hole spacer bar using jewelry wire.)

Step 5 to instructions for making 3 Strand Beaded Necklace made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess wire.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, close the final loop where you cut the wire.  This will complete the two end bars and the eight spacer bars in the necklace. 

Step 6:  Now we begin to make the 2 to 1 components on either end of the bracelet.  Position pegs 4 and 5 in your WigJig jewelry tool (remove pegs 1-3 so that they aren't in your way.)  Using the 18 gauge 2" long jewelry wire segments, position the initial loop on peg 4 and wrap the wire around peg 5 as shown above-left.  Push the wire so that it rests adjacent to the empty hole for peg 6 with no pressure applied.  Then add peg 6 and wrap the wire Step 7 to instructions for making 3 Strand Beaded Necklace using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.around peg 6.  When completed, the wire should appear as shown above-left. 

Step 7:  Remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and cut the excess jewelry wire.  Close the final loop with your bent chain nose pliers.  Your Jewelry wire component should appear as shown at right.

Pearl Beads in 3 Strand Beaded Necklace made using common jewelry supplies -- Step 8Step 8:  In order for the 2-1 component to be able to connect to the 18 gauge 3 hole spacer component, we need to modify the orientation of the loops in the 2-1 component.  We start this process by converting both of the loops made on pegs 4 and 6 into eye loops.  This is done by grasping the start of each loop with the tips of your round nose pliers and twisting. Visit here for a picture of this jewelry making technique.   When both loops are converted, the jewelry wire component will appear as shown at right.Step 9 to instructions for making 3 Strand Beaded Necklace made out of jewelry wire shaped on common jewelry tools.

Step 9:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp each eye loop in turn and rotate it 90 degrees.  The picture shown at left is taken from the side so that you can see the orientation of the two loops.  When rotating the loops, rotate one clock-wise and one counter-clockwise so that both openings in the loops are on the same side. Instructions for making a 3 Strand Beaded Necklace using common jewelry supplies -- Step 10

Step 10:  This is a change from our earlier instructions.  It can be difficult to connect the 2-1 connector to the 3 loop spacer bar in the position shown in Step 9.  For this reason, in this step, we are going to take our bent chain nose pliers and bend the two end loops as shown at right.  Bend one loop at a time. Instructions for making a 3 Strand Beaded Necklace showing combined jewelry wire components shaped on common jewelry tools --  Step 11

Step 11:  Now we are ready to connect the 2-1 connector to the 3 hole spacer bar finding that we made.  Open one of the loops using your bent chain nose pliers and connect one end, then close that loop.  To connect the opposite end, you will need to open both the endInstructions for making a 3 Strand Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 12 loop on the 3 hole spacer bar and the loop on the 2-1 connector.  With both loops open, connect the two components and then close both loops.  When properly connected, the connected jewelry wire component will appear as shown at left.  Assemble two combinations of the 2-1 connector and the 3 hole spacer bar, one for each end of the necklace. 

Step 12:  At this point, we are ready to connect our beadstringing wire and start threading beads.  This is done in the same way that we started with our bracelet.  Connect a strand of Soft Flex or Soft Touch bead stringing wire 18 inches long to each of the three loops on one of the jewelry wire components that you completed in step 11.  Use crimp beads and bead crimping pliers to permanently fasten the bead stringing wire to the loop.  The technique for performing the crimp connection is shown here.

 

Pearl Beads in 3 Strand Beaded Necklace made using common jewelry making supplies -- Step 13Stringing the Three Strands of beads:

Step 13:  In stringing this necklace, the pattern is five 6mm beads separated by size 6 seed beads, then a 3 hole spacer bar wire component.  Starting with strand one on the top at right, after the crimp bead was successfully crimped closed, you would add a 6mm bead, a size 6 seed bead, a 6mm bead and a size 6 seed bead until you added the fifth 6mm bead.  For the middle strand, you can replace the third 6mm bead with a contrasting color bead as we have shown above right.  Once you have added five 6mm beads on each of the three strands you are ready to add the 3 hole spacer bar finding that we made.  Because of the way that we made these findings, the spacer bar finding is thicker in the center than on either end.  This can cause the middle strand of beads to be slightly longer than the two outer strands.  This will not show when being worn, but can show when the necklace is laid flat.  You can do one of three things at this point -- 1.Step 14 to instructions for making a 3 Strand Beaded Necklace showing completed necklace made out of beads, jewelry wire and common jewelry supplies. you can completely ignore this and it won't show when the necklace is worn, 2. you can add a single seed bead to strand 1 & 3 just prior to the spacer bar or 3. you can delete the seed beads on either side of the middle bead of the five 6mm beads in the middle strand (strand 2).  (If you choose to make the spacer bar components using the new technique we referenced above, the above won't be an issue.)

Step 14:  You will need to add 8 segments of five 6mm beads followed by a spacer bar and the 9th segment will be followed by the end wire component that we made earlier.  With the 9th segment you first string the crimp bead, then thread your bead stringing wire through one of the holes in the end wire component and finally string the wire back through the crimp bead.  Pull the wire snug and if possible thread the wire back through the closest 6mm bead.  Once the wire is snugly in place, crimp the three crimp beads closed and cut the excess bead stringing wire.  At this point you should have a segment of beads about 14 inches long with the end loop 3 Strand Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 15 showing clasp connection.of a 2-1 connector on either side. 

Step 15:  Now we are ready to add a clasp to one end of the strand of beads.  Using a jump ring, open the jump ring and connect it between your clasp and the end loop in one of the 2-1 connectors.  Once the connection is completed, then close the jump ring. 

 

Instructions for making a 3 Strand Beaded Necklace Jewelry Making Project Step 16Making a Jewelry Wire Chain to enable adjustable length of choker using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 16:  Because this is a choker length necklace, the length of the necklace is rather important and should be very close to the size of the wearer's neck.  The way we accomplish this is to make a chain at the end of the necklace where any link in the chain can be used as the catch for your clasp.  To make this chain, we start by positioning two 3/16" Super Pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool along with one regular metal peg, pegs 7, 8 and 9 as shown below-left.  Using a 2 1/2" segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire (1/2 hard jewelry wire is preferred), make a partial loop in one end of the jewelry wire.  Grasp this loop to help straighten the segment of wire.  Once the jewelry wire is straight, place the initial partial loop on peg 7 and wrap the wire around pegs 8 & 9 as shown.  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool.  Before wrapping either loop closed, connect the loop made around peg 9 to the open end loop in the 2-1 connector as shown below-right.

Step 16 to instructions for making Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools.



Step 16A to instructions for making an Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker Necklace showing jewelry wire shaped on jewelry tools.

Step 16B to instructions for making a Pearl & Onyx Beads Choker Jewelry Making Project

Instructions for making Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker Necklace showing jewelry wire shaped using common jewelry tools.Step 17:  With these loops connected, then grasp the loop made around peg 9 with your bent chain nose pliers and hold it firmly (this preserves the round shape of the loop.)  While holding Instructions for making an Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker using jewelry wire shaped on jewelry tools.the loop made on peg 9 in your pliers wrap the jewelry wire tail 180 degrees.  Then flip the piece over and wrap that wire tail 180 degrees.  Cut the excess jewelry wire on both ends.  Squeeze the cut end of the wire flat preferably using bent closing pliers.  Add enough links of this chain to your necklace so that it can be comfortably worn by the intended wearer.  Having 1 -3 extra links on the end is better than having 1-2 too few links, so err on the side of a few extra links. 

 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

This completes your three Finished Onyx & Pearl Beads Choker Jewelry Making Projectstrand choker necklace.  We really like this project and suggest that you consider using the new, improved technique for making the spacer bar components.  The resulting necklace will be significantly nicer when made with the new spacer bar technique.  Please select here to view our imporoved instructions for making a multi-hole spacer bar using jewelry wire.

 

 

 

 



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