Materials to Make a Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace
The supplies for making beaded necklaces are available at most craft stores that sell jewelry supplies or at most big box retailers that sell beading materials. For a multi-strand necklace, you will need:
a necklace clasp: these come in many styles - if you want to make a graduated necklace, I would suggest a clasp that has a spot to connect each of your strands, like the gold one pictured above. If you want all your strands to be the same length, a clasp with one connections point should work, like the silver clasp above. There is more information about clasps below in Step 1 of this tutorial.
beading wire: there are also many weights and thicknesses of beading wire. I like this 7 strand .024 inch width of wire because it is strong, but also is thin enough to go through most beads with small holes.
a pair of needle nose pliers and wire cutters: these tools are available at craft stores, but you can just use the ones you might already have in your tool box, as long as your pliers have a narrow tip.
crimp beads: crimp beads are used to hold and lock beading your beading wire tight. They come in a few sizes and finishes. You can also buy crimp covers to put over your crimp beads to give them a more finished appearance.
Multi-Strand necklaces can look complicated. The actual amount will depend on the size of your beads and the length of your necklace. For example, the necklace pictured above used between 80 to 90 beads per strand.
TIP: When buying your materials, you may want to buy hardware (clasp and crimp beads, along with any beads you are using in your necklace) that have all the same finish (gold, silver, or brass) for a unified look or mix them up for a mixed metal look.