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Multi-strand Jewelry Patterns: 43+ DIY Projects

By: Laura Plack, Editor, AllFreeJewelryMaking
Multi-strand Jewelry Patterns 43 DIY Projects

Do you love the layered jewelry look? Then you will adore these DIY multi-strand jewelry projects. This list of Multi-strand Jewelry Patterns: 43+ DIY Projects features sure-to-be stunning DIY bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Multi-strand projects can be a little tricky, especially when deciding the lengths of each strand, but these helpful tutorials will assist you in creating fun, yet elegant homemade jewelry in no time. The great thing about these DIY patterns is that multi-strand jewelry is always in style, and you can find a multi-strand piece to fit with any occasion. From cool stash-buster ideas to dainty pearl pieces, you will find the right multi-strand jewelry pattern for you among these DIY projects.

Multi-strand jewelry is always in style because it’s so versatile! You will love how beautiful these accessory pieces look. They may look complicated, but they’re actually pretty easy DIY jewelry tutorials. There’s nothing better than a DIY jewelry piece that looks more difficult to make than it actually was. Now you can keep up with fashion trends without having to break bank, whether it’s a new shade of earrings or a unique layered necklace. 

Visual learner? Make sure to check out the video below! This tutorial will show you how to make a 3-strand necklace. 

Multi-strand Bracelets

Summer Pearls Bracelet

Create a graceful and stunning arm piece by crafting one of these DIY bracelets. You are sure to find the right multi-strand bracelet pattern to complete any outfit in this collection of versatile homemade bracelets. If you like the look of multiple bracelets but don't want to make more than one piece, try one of these multi-strand bracelets! From 3-strand bead bracelet patterns to fun stashbuster patterns, there's a bracelet option for every season, every style, and even every level.

Multi-strand Earrings

Double Strand Dangle Earrings

Make DIY earrings with twice as much dazzle with these DIY multi-strand earring patterns. From elegant tear drop shapes to festive fringe sets, find the right earring pair for you among these fun jewelry pieces. These earrings are stunning, but they are super light and comfortable to wear. 

Multi-Strand Necklaces

Expert Tip on Making a Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace

Royal Purple DIY Multi-Strand Necklace

New to making multi-strand jewelry patterns? Before you start your first one, make sure to check out these handy tips:

"When making a multi-strand necklace, consider stringing one or two strands with bigger and bolder beads.  Then use smaller, basic beads for your other strands.  These basic strands can serve as a backdrop for your bolder statement beads.  Also, I like to set my arrangement of beads, then let my design sit for a day or two.  I look at a few times over the course of the day and make sure I'm truly happy with the combination before stringing my beads into a necklace." 

- Donna Herron from feltmagnet.com

How to Make a Double Stranded Necklace

Fading Mirror Bead Necklace

If you're a beginner at making multi-strand necklaces, then start out with these patterns to learn how to make a double strand necklace! These two strand necklaces are easier to handle because you don't have to keep track of as many strands. They're a great way to practice some of the techniques for multi-strand jewelry patterns without any stress. 

Multi-strand Beaded Necklace Designs

Midnight Walk Multistrand Necklace

If you like the look of layered necklaces, you'll adore these multi-strand beaded necklace designs. Make gorgeous homemade necklaces with everything from tiny seed beads to glamorous pearls with these multi-strand necklace patterns. The possibilities are endless! We have necklaces in every color and for every occasion. You can rock them with your everyday work outfits or pair it with an elegant evening gown for a special event. 

How to Measure the Length of the Strands

Here's an expert tip from Karen Meador from magpiegemstones.com

" …consider the size of the beads when determining the length of the strands. (Then, you will want to know if you have that much length in your beads.) The trick is to be consistent. This isn’t too big a deal when you are making just two strands in the necklace, however, consistency IS a big deal when you are stringing more than two. For example, I just finished stringing a four strand sapphire necklace for a customer and I was extremely careful to be sure that each strand was the same amount bigger than the previous one. The beads for that necklace were smaller than pearls and I added only about 7/8” to each succeeding strand.” 

To learn more tips, check out the rest of her article on How to Make a Multi-Strand Necklace

How to Finish a Multi-Strand Necklace or Bracelet

Use an End Bar

Purple Three-Strand Necklace

We've all been there - you're finishing up an awesome jewelry project that you can't wait to wear when you freeze and think, "Wait...how do I finish this necklace?" Ease your multi-strand jewelry woes with these different finishing methods.

One way to finish a multi-strand necklace or bracelet is to attach the strands together with an end bar. End bars can hold multiple strands together to make it easier to open and close the piece. Check out this Purple Three-Strand Necklace to see step by step instructions on how to do this. Finish off by attaching a clasp to the end bars. 
 

Use Cone Ends

Using Cone Ends

One of the most common ways to finish a multi-strand necklace is to use a cone end. Click here for the tutorial on how to use cone ends. Cone ends are convenient because they can hide knots you make from tying together multiple strands. They are used to bring together multiple strands to a narrower point, making the back of the necklace or bracelet less bulky. You can then attach the cone ends to a clasp to open and close the piece. 

Use Jump Rings

Stash Buster Multi Strand Bead Necklace

Another common way to attach strands together is to use jump rings to hold them. This is a picture of a jump ring! If it’s just two thin strands, you can use just this and then attach the jump rings to the clasps. But if it’s more than two strands, we recommend using jump rings and then attaching the rings to an end bar or cone for more security. To see how jump rings are used in a multi-strand project, check out the Stash Buster Multi Strand Bead Necklace.

What is your favorite multistrand jewelry piece?

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Ok, I have made multi strand necklaces and bracelets but never even thought about multi strand earrings. That pair is very pretty. Imagine two colors, or Crystal beads? The possibilities are endless. Or just one bigger bead on the top line and smaller ones below? Or reverse that. Now I am excited to try it out. Thank you

I'm a big fan of multi-strand necklaces! My clothing style is more on the simple side, so having a nice multi-strand necklace can make an outfit much more interesting! - Editor of AllFreeJewelryMaking

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