Learn how to make a Y necklace with one wire with step by step illustrated
bead jewelry making instructions. An easy bead jewelry project!
The 'Y' silhouette is a classic design in a necklace. Dress it up or down with your choice of beads.
For a dressy look string these ewelry making beads...
For a more casual feel try...
A Y pattern flatters these face shapes...
The Y silhouette elongates the face and draws the eye downward.
Wear it with these necklines...
These necklines flatter the necklace by repeating its design versus competing with it.
But, don't just take my word for it.
Try the necklace on with tops that have different necklines to see which you like best.
Let's make a Y necklace!...
Tutorial Category: Stringing Tutorials
Skill Level: Beginning Beading
Prerequisite Lesson: How To String Beads
Finished Length of Necklace
Approx 22" (18" necklace plus 4" drop)
Jewelry Making Supplies
Jewelry Making Tools
If you need it, here's a review of jewelry pliers used in bead stringing projects.
Step 1 Center First Bead.
Cut a length of beading wire.
Center one 3mm bead onto beading wire.
Fold beading wire upward keeping the wire halves parallel, forming a 'U' around the 3mm bead.
Step 2 String the Drop.
String this repeating pattern: One 32mm bead, one 3mm bead, one 32mm bead, one 3mm bead, one 32mm bead and one 3mm bead onto both wire halves as if they were one.
Spread the wires apart, forming the two "arms" of the Y.
String one 3mm bead onto each wire.
Step 3 String Each "Arm" of the Y Neclace.
On each wire string this repeating pattern:
One 32mm bead and one 3mm bead.
Repeat the pattern until you've strung all of the beads, ending with a 3mm bead.
Make a first length check of the necklace.
Grasp each end and hold the necklace around your neck.
Add or remove beads as necessary.
Step 4 String Y Necklace Ends.
On each wire end string three more 3mm beads, a crimp bead and a split ring.
Thread the beading wire back through the crimp bead, the four 3mm beads and one 32mm bead forming a loop to hold the split ring.
Pull on the wire end to tighten the wire and draw beads against clasp.
Attach the 'S' clasp to one split ring.
Check the fit by clasping necklace around neck.
Make any necessary adjustments.
Step 5 Secure Clasp.
Crimp each crimp bead.
Trim excess wire.
Cover each crimped bead with a crimp cover if desired.
So that you may see the difference the necklace end on the right: Crimp bead has been crimped, covered with a crimp cover and wire end trimmed.
The necklace end on the left has not.
Step 6 Close S Clasp.
Using the chainnose pliers, close one side of the S clasp. This will keep the split ring secure.
Leave one side of the S clasp slightly open, just enough to allow the split ring to pass snugly.
You're done stringing a Y Necklace with one wire! What do you think? Easy? Yes! Make another one using different beads.
P.S. I like to add a jewelry extender to my beaded necklaces.
Looking good? Yeah!