(Nixa, MO, USA)
How do you make a two (or more) strand bead necklace and keep them twisted? Mine just come untwisted.
I would love to hear from you.
There’s a little trick to this, which I’ll explain below, using instructions I put together for a three-strand necklace. 😀
These instructions will work for any number of strands, just do for strand six what you did for strand two, etc., etc., et al. ;->
Twisting A Multi-Strand Necklace: Instructions
Lay your completed necklace out straight on a flat surface (not your bead board), with the strands horizontal to you.
Lay your right hand on the right end of the necklace, and keep it there! Hold this right end of the necklace flat, and–IMPORTANT!–
*Do Not Remove Your Hand Until Finished Twisting*!
With your left hand, take the left end of your necklace and bring it towards your right.
Near the right end, lay the left end down between the top strand (Strand 1) and the middle strand (Strand 2); let go.
Still with your left hand (your right is still holding the right end of the necklace flat), reach underneath the bottom strand (Strand 3) and Strand 2, grasp the left end, and pull it through.
Bring it to the left side again, straightening any kinks.
With your left hand, take the left end of your necklace and bring it towards your right. Near the right end, lay the left end down between Strand 2 and Strand 3; let go. Still with your left hand, reach underneath Strand 3, grasp the left end, and pull it through. Bring it to the left side again, straightening any kinks.
Repeat Step 1.
Repeat Step 2.
Continue repeating Steps 1 and 2 until your necklace is twisted to your satisfaction.
At this point… Voila! Your twisted strand necklace is done!
Judy, with your two-strand necklace, there would really only be a single step: just alternate the strands as you bring the left side over and under. But this will work just as well on two strands as it will on three, or six!
I hope this helps! Good luck, and happy beading! 😀