How to Make a Monofilament Floating Necklace without Crimps
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!
Materials for the Floating Necklace
- chain nose pliers
- cutting pliers
- 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 AttachmentClick thumbnail to view full-size
Instructions for Floating Necklace
- Cut a length of monofilament about 45 inches long.
- 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.
- Use a clipboard to clip the filament after the first bead is strung.
- Next, use a ruler to check spacing of beads after each bead is strung.
- 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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Order of the Beads and Completing the Floating Necklace
- String a large brass metal bead 2 inches from the end of the filament.
- Leaving a 3/4 inch gap, string three lamp work beads also 3/4 inches apart.
- Add 1 small brass metal bead 3/4 inches from the last bead.
- Again, leaving a 3/4 inch gap, string five lamp work beads 3/4 inches apart.
- Leave a 3/4 inch gap and string 1 small brass metal bead.
- String another 3 lamp work beads as in step 2 above.
- 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.
- Add a crimp and 1 jump ring to one end of the monofilament.
- Create a loop and reloop through the crimp.
- Anchor the crimp about 1 inch from the last bead, using crimp pliers or chain nose pliers.
- I like to add a drop of crazy glue to the crimp for added security against crimp failure.
- Repeat steps 8-11 for the other side of the monofilament.
- Add a silver crimp cover to both crimps.
- Add 3 inches of small link chain to each jump ring on both sides of the monofilament.
- Add a jump ring and alligator clasp to one side.