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Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace and Earrings

By: Vicki O'Dell for Consumer Crafts

Disc-shaped shell beads are separated by 4mm round shell beads to highlight the bead shapes in these handmade necklaces from Vicki O'Dell for Consumer Crafts. String your own Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace and whip up some matching earrings.


Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace


  • Strand Beadalon® wire in Satin Silver JW15NS-0 19
  • 2 4mm x 36in Turquoise shell bead strands TW2151
  • 5 12 inch Brown shell disc strands 1992-31
  • ½ inch End cone, plain silver plated 1992-70
  • 18mm Lobster clasp 1990-10
  • 12 x 15 x 2mm Jump ring antique silver 1990-15
  • Crimp beads silver 1858-2
  • 2 Double jump rings 1990-30
  • Head pins 1990-36
  • Silver spacer beads 1970-43
  • Precision pliers set 1995-14
  • Micro crimp tool 1949-09
  • Bead stoppers 1986-22


  1. Cut 5 lengths of Beadalon wire to 32 inches. Bead as shown. The middle of each strand features 28 brown disc beads, each separated by a turquoise shell bead. At each end are 20 turquoise beads. Make sure to use bead stops to keep your beads from falling off as you bead.

    Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace
  2. Add two small silver beads and a crimp bead to the end of each strand, thread the wire through a double jump ring and back through the crimp bead and two silver beads. Crimp the ends. NOTE: Work all of the strands on one end of the necklace - either right or left - at once before moving on to the second side.

    Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace
  3. Attach eye pin to double jump ring and put silver end cone over it followed by another silver bead.

    Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace
  4. Attach the antique jump ring to one side of the necklace by using the end of the head pin to make a wrapped loop. Attach the lobster clasp to the second side of the necklace by using the end of the head pin to make a wrapped loop.You can either wear the necklace with the strands all lying nice and flat or give the necklace a bit of a twist before putting it around your neck.

    Multistrand Disc Bead Necklace



Multistrand Disc Bead Earrings


  • 4 Beads from a 4mm x 36in turquoise shell bead strand TW2151
  • 2 Discs from a 12 inch brown shell disc strand 1992-31
  • Head pins 1990-36
  • Earring Wires 1920-61
  • Precision pliers set 1995-14


  1. Bead a Turquoise Bead, a Shell Disc and a Turquoise Bead onto the head pin.
  2. Thread the head pin through the loop on your earring wires.
  3. Use pliers to form a simple loop, and wrap any excess head pin wire back around.

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I made this design. It looks lovely on, and was really easy. I made it using pink shell beads, and black round beads. Next time, however, I would shorten it by about four inches. It's a bit too long for me,


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