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How to Make an Illusion Necklace or Floating Necklace

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Written by Peggy Hazelwood   

Make an illusion necklace for a simple, understated look that can be worn to dress up or dress down any fashion choice. This type of necklace is also called a floating necklace. Illusion necklaces use a stringing material called illusion wire, which is very similar to fishing line. The wire is nearly transparent so only the beads or pendant show when its worn. The beads appear to float on the neck because the jewelry wire can't be seen unless you're very close.

To make an illusion necklace, you'll need the following items:

-  Illusion wire or clear fishing line

-  1 or 3 or 5 beads

-  4 or more jewelry crimp tubes or beads

-  clasp, like a lobster claw

-  jewelry tools:  wire cutter, crimping pliers or flat nose pliers

Step 1:  Select the beads. The point of the illusion necklace to create an illusion. Choose simple beads that are beautiful and don't need a lot of embellishment such as spacers.

Step 2:  Cut the illusion wire. Decide how long to make the necklace and add 3 inches to the length of the illusion wire. Cut the wire.

Step 3:  String the center beads. Add the focal or center beads to the illusion wire. You can use one or three or five, whatever appeals to you. Groups of odd-numbered beads look best.

Step 4:  Add crimp beads. Place a crimp bead on the outside of one side of the beads. If you are using three center beads, place a crimp on the end of the string of beads. Crimp or flatten the crimp beads to keep the center or focal beads in place in the center of the necklace.

Step 5:  Add one end of the lobster claw or other style clasp to one end of the illusion wire. Add a crimp bead running the wire back through the crimp bead. Crimp or flatten the crimp bead. Repeat to add the second end of the clasp.

Step 6:  Trim the illusion wire close to the outer edge of the crimp bead or tube.

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jswana said:

Cool article on designing an illusion or floating necklace.
July 21, 2010
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sabrinacareer1 said:

this is really neat, I like it
July 29, 2010
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