How to Make a Monofilament Floating Necklace without Crimps

A three-strand floating necklace.  A bit more difficult than the featured project.
A three-strand floating necklace. A bit more difficult than the featured project. | Source

Creating your own jewelry allows you to match your favourite fashion colours and styles with matching accessories. Making your own jewelry allows your creative juices to flow while at the same time saving money and the time spent looking for that just right piece. Making your own does require some pre-planning, however, It can get expensive making a quick trip to the local big box craft store to find a missing piece for a project on which your are working which must be done now for that upcoming party! I like to keep the basic findings on hand by buying in bulk from my favourite on-line supplier. I also keep a favourite assortment of beads in my favourite colours and buy on sale when the opportunity presents itself.

The featured floating necklace project gives the illusion of beads suspended around your neck. They are a delicate, fascinating fashion statement and can be easily crafted by even a beginner in jewelry making. The technique outlined provides a means of stringing beads without using crimps. I have had even necklaces store bought fall apart because of failed crimps. The method outlined allows for each bead being "tied off" as it is strung. As the monofilament cord used is transparent, the effect is still that of 'floating' beads around your neck. It is a charming look that will be commented upon every time you wear it!

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Chain nose pliers and Cutting PliersMonofilamentBeads, crimps and alligator clip
Chain nose pliers and Cutting Pliers
Chain nose pliers and Cutting Pliers | Source
Monofilament
Monofilament | Source
Beads, crimps and alligator clip
Beads, crimps and alligator clip | Source

Materials for the Floating Necklace

  • chain nose pliers
  • cutting pliers
  • monofilament
  • 15 large beads (I used a combination of lamp work beads and brass beads)
  • two crimps (for the clasp)
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 alligator clasp
  • 6 inches of small link chain (to extend length of necklace if necessary)

Threading the beads for Crimpless Attachment

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Threading the bead to attach it to necklace without crimps.Close-up of bead threaded for crimpless attachment.String of beads threaded and anchored without crimps.
Threading the bead to attach it to necklace without crimps.
Threading the bead to attach it to necklace without crimps. | Source
Close-up of bead threaded for crimpless attachment.
Close-up of bead threaded for crimpless attachment. | Source
String of beads threaded and anchored without crimps.
String of beads threaded and anchored without crimps. | Source

Instructions for Floating Necklace

  1. Cut a length of monofilament about 45 inches long.
  2. Beads are attached to the filament by threading the monofilament through the bead and then re-threading the filament by passing it over the bead and through the hole of the bead again.
  3. Use a clipboard to clip the filament after the first bead is strung.
  4. Next, use a ruler to check spacing of beads after each bead is strung.
  5. Finally, pull the filament tight and gently push each bead to the correct spacing. (for this project, I spaced the beads 3/4 inch apart).

Picture Steps for Assembling and Finishing Your Floating Necklace.

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Beads anchored to monofilament without crimps.One of only two crimps used to create necklace closure before covered with crimp cover.Crimp cover covering one of only two crimps used to attach ring and alligator clip closure.Alligator clip closure.Finished Monofilament Floating Necklace.
Beads anchored to monofilament without crimps.
Beads anchored to monofilament without crimps. | Source
One of only two crimps used to create necklace closure before covered with crimp cover.
One of only two crimps used to create necklace closure before covered with crimp cover. | Source
Crimp cover covering one of only two crimps used to attach ring and alligator clip closure.
Crimp cover covering one of only two crimps used to attach ring and alligator clip closure. | Source
Alligator clip closure.
Alligator clip closure. | Source
Finished Monofilament Floating Necklace.
Finished Monofilament Floating Necklace. | Source

Order of the Beads and Completing the Floating Necklace

  1. String a large brass metal bead 2 inches from the end of the filament.
  2. Leaving a 3/4 inch gap, string three lamp work beads also 3/4 inches apart.
  3. Add 1 small brass metal bead 3/4 inches from the last bead.
  4. Again, leaving a 3/4 inch gap, string five lamp work beads 3/4 inches apart.
  5. Leave a 3/4 inch gap and string 1 small brass metal bead.
  6. String another 3 lamp work beads as in step 2 above.
  7. Finally string 1 large brass bead 3/4 inch from the previous lamp work bead making sure it is at least 2 inches or more from the end of the filament.
  8. Add a crimp and 1 jump ring to one end of the monofilament.
  9. Create a loop and reloop through the crimp.
  10. Anchor the crimp about 1 inch from the last bead, using crimp pliers or chain nose pliers.
  11. I like to add a drop of crazy glue to the crimp for added security against crimp failure.
  12. Repeat steps 8-11 for the other side of the monofilament.
  13. Add a silver crimp cover to both crimps.
  14. Add 3 inches of small link chain to each jump ring on both sides of the monofilament.
  15. Add a jump ring and alligator clasp to one side.

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craftdrawer 4 years ago

Nice necklace thanks for sharing!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Glad you liked it craftdrawer! Thanks for stopping by.


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Kebennett1 4 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

Awesome idea. You give very clear instructions, this is a very well written hub. Thank you!


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I love floating necklaces! And I had no idea how you do them without crimps! Thanks so much for writing this. Voted up and useful!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kebennett1, glad you found it clear to follow. Hope you get a chance to make one!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Clever at, thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is a fairly simple technique. Hope you get a chance to make one!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

I have several of these necklaces in my jewelry box but never knew how they were made. The step by step directions are great! Voted up and over!


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Global-Chica 4 years ago from New York, NY

Your jewelry looks beautiful! I've never tried making my own jewelry but with such easy instructions and gorgeous results, you're tempting me to try it! Voted up and beautiful.


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Lohrainne Janell 4 years ago from Fairfield, IA

Good instructions for a beautiful necklace! Thanks for writing it.


hondagirl 4 years ago

I'm a bit confused, the description says floating necklace without crimps but you are using crimps, did I miss something?


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire

I have made several similar necklaces using crimps. I'll have to try making another with your method. There are so many possibilities! Thanks for the good tutorial.

Best Regards,


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Yes, I did use two crimps for the clasping. The beads, however, were not held in place with crimps!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks alissa. They are quite an easy project!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Appreciate the compliment Lohrainne!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm always afraid the crimps won't hold. This method works well for me. Thanks for the comment!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Oooh, beautiful! One of these days, I would like to get better at making jewelry. In the meantime, I'll enjoy it vicariously through your hubs. :)


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Try this one Cyndi. It is so easy and the results are amazing. Thanks for the comments as usual!!!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Sounds like this might make a good hobby for creative people.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

It certainly is avian novice. You should give it a go!

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