Multi-strand illusion necklaces can be made by placing crimp beads on either side of beads spaced along strands of beading wire. You could also glue the beads in place. Pearls are a good choice as you can see from Debbie`s (Widget`s Beads, my friend and co-instructor) design for a client. That`s because pearls are often finely drilled so they do string up a little more snugly than other beads.

If you`d rather not have several strands of beading wire going to the back of the neck, you can step down the number of wires as Debbie did with crimp beads.  2 of the 3 wires are then trimmed leaving only one remaining wire to continue on to the clasps. She hid those crimp beads with crimp covers. Crimp covers once squeezed together will look like little metal balls.  Check out my past post How to use crimp covers, wire guardians and 3 types of crimping pliers.

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