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Necklace made of steel wire & beads - a step by step tutorial

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Necklace made of steel wire & beads - a step by step tutorial

Designed by: Magda

Difficulty: Beginner

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Marta Draganek will show you today how to make a necklace made with steel wire & beads. The necklace is simple and quick to make, and looks very impressive! The project gives you the opportunity to experiment with colours, so each of you can do something in your own style.

Today's project is very easy and quick to make. I will show you step by step how to make an effective necklace based on a steel jewellery cord. It is your choice on the type of stones and colours you use. I just hope that you will be able to decide on something from our huge range of colours, because I admit it took me some time! Magda xx

Materials needed:

  • Beads - 10mm (8pcs) and 6mm (16pcs). The style of the necklace will change depending on the beads used. I want my necklace to look noble and not too elegant at the same time. I will wear it every day to work. That's why I chose jade in a very energetic orange colour, but agates will also work well. Alternatively you could use any type of 10mm / 6mm bead such as Milly. 
  • Jewellery Wire - in my necklace it is a cord with a diameter of 0.38mm in a steel colour. I think that this colour will perfectly match the orange stones. I will use 18 sections with a length of 45cm.
  • Clasp - initially I decided to use a small magnetic clasp, 12x6mm, in the shape of a cylinder with a ball (2mm hole), which you will also see in the photos in this tutorial. Now, looking back, I have come to the conclusion that a simple plug-in clasp would be better - a cylinder with a pin or a clasp. I did not think that a tiny magnet may not withstand the load of natural stones. I have been wearing the necklace for several days, it does not unfasten by itself, but I have such a feeling that with an accidental stronger tug, the clasp may release. Therefore, for the next necklaces from this series, I have already used plug-in clasps. I'll leave the tiny magnetic fasteners for use in lighter projects. 
  • Glue - to attach the clasp
  • Thread - to bind the ends of the necklace.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

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We start by preparing 18 sections of wire, 45cm long. To make it easier to add the clasp, we tie one end of the necklace with a thread. We tie the lines below the gluing point, so that after the glue dries, the thread can be easily removed.

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I apply the glue to the ends of the lines with a spatula.

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Allow the glue to dry before continuing.

What to do if your clasp has a hole larger than the diameter of the string glued into it? The solution is very simple. Instead of below the point of gluing, tie with a thread at the very end and glue the clasp in such a way that the thread is hidden inside the clasp.


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After the glue is dry, cut and remove the thread.

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We divide the jewellery wire into three parts - the first consists of 5 lines, the second of 8, the third again with 5. My stones have quite large holes, and I want them not to float around the necklace, hence the idea to stretch them not for a single line, but for strings consisting of several lines. The beads with a diameter of 6mm are pulled onto the cords consisting of 5 lines, while the 12mm stones will be placed on the string of 8 lines.

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We start weaving necklaces. Here the idea is very simple again - we will braid the strings into a loose braid, adding new stones every now and then. I think everyone knows the principle of braiding the braid - we alternate the outermost strings over the one in the middle.

Put the wire on the right over the middle one, then put the wire on the left over the middle one.

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Place the wire on the right over the middle one. Again, put the wire on the left over the middle one. Etc. Throughout the entire length of the necklace.

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As we weave, we add more stones on the lines.


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I do not have a specific pattern as to where certain stones should be placed. I just braid my braid and move the stones to where I think they'll look good. I tried to show my weave step by step to about 1/3 of the necklace's length. Then you can repeat the same layout.

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Make sure to form the braid into a necklace from the very beginning. The weave should twist slightly to one side. Thanks to this, the necklace will fit nicely around the neck later.

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After braiding the lines along the entire length of the necklace, we tie the ends with thread again.

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Use wire cutters to even out the ends of the lines.

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We add the clasp. As soon as the glue dries, we remove the unnecessary thread.

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This is what the finished necklace looks like. Thanks to the use of cords consisting of several jewellery lines and beads in an intense colour, it looks modern.

I wouldn't be myself if I hadn't prepared a few variations on the same project.

I also used jade in sizes 4 and 10mm in another necklace. It is a mix of colours from beige through green and brown. The weave consists of four cords carelessly intertwined. In this project you can already see another type of clasp - it is a plug-in clasp with an internal diameter of 5mm.

I also came up with the idea to make the same weave on the basis of a one-millimetre black leather. Here, 10mm ecru jade was combined with 6mm faceted agates in various shades of green.

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