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Mesh Ombre Necklace

WireLace ribbon gives this necklace a distinctive, luxurious look. The how-to comes from TV crafter Kristin St. Clair.




  • Beads or pearls
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament
  • WireLace
  • Size 15 knitting needle
  • Electrical tape
  • Size 9 double-pointed knitting needle
  • Thin-gauge wire
  • Metal cone end caps
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jump rings
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • All-purpose permanent adhesive


  1. Step 1

    To create ombre effect, select four strands of different color 5- to 6-millimeter beads. Length of strands will depend upon desired length of final necklace.

  2. Step 2

    With scissors, cut filament in each strand. Separate lightest color beads into four equal portions and separate each remaining color into eight equal portions. The lightest color will be at the center of the necklace, with the beads getting darker toward both ends.

  3. Step 3

    Begin stringing beads on 0.01-inch gauge monofilament using the following formula for each strand ("A" represents the lightest color and "D" the darkest, with fractions referring to amounts of beads separated above): 1/8 A - 1/8 B - 1/8 C - 1/4 D - 1/8 C - 1/8 B - 1/8 A

  4. Step 4

    Make a total of four strands. Be sure to leave about six inches of extra monofilament at each end of each strand.

  5. Step 5

    To secure beads firmly on strand, feed end of monofilament around and back through each end bead. Repeat for first and last bead of all four strands.

  6. Step 6

    Unroll a yard of 6-millimeter WireLace, and using a size 15 (10-millimeter) knitting needle, expand each end of the WireLace into a tubular shape.

  7. Step 7

    Line up the four strands of beads and using electrical tape, tightly tape one end of each of all four strands to one end of size 9 (5 1/2-millimeter) double-pointed knitting needle. To prevent snagging on WireLace, make sure tape completely covers all ends of monofilament.

  8. Step 8

    Insert knitting needle into one tubular end of WireLace and feed all four strands of beads through.

  9. Step 9

    Remove tape, detaching strands from knitting needle, and then center strands in the WireLace. Tie knots in WireLace and monofilament at both ends of necklace where beads end.

  10. Step 10

    Determine desired length of necklace and fold ends of WireLace into small loops. Using a small hook of fine-gauge wire, pull each WireLace loop through a metal cone end cap. With jewelry pliers, attach jump rings to each loop and attach lobster claw clasp to one jump ring.

  11. Step 11

    Trim any extra WireLace and monofilament hanging out of end caps and squeeze a drop of all-purpose adhesive into each end cap to secure loops.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2011



Reviews (18)

  • SpeedySloth 17 May, 2014

    The size of the clasp is your choice. I'd use at least a 12mm lobster clasp or bigger. If I made this necklace, I'd use a nicer clasp, something that shows off my time and effort. A bead shop in real life or online would have a selection of pretty clasps.

    Monofilament fishing line degrades in sunlight and is hard to work with. Try PowerPro also in the fishing line department. It feels like thread, is ultra strong and doesn't degrade in sunlight. Hope this helps.

  • Ladydee326 9 Dec, 2011

    What size lobster claw clasps do I use and what size jump ring?

  • lbuser 11 Apr, 2011

    The crystals don't come in a count - they are usually sold by 16 inch strands or a lot or hank of 1200 beads. If you buy Czech crystals they are not expensive - around 2.50 for a 16 inch strand and you get them from There is no way to give count because it depends entirely on the final length.

  • mpvet53 10 Apr, 2011

    Can anyone give me a bead count or estimate for the different colors, in other words how many beads of each color is needed. You know it is early when you can't even type straight. My Mom is going to love this for Mother's Day.

  • singabha 16 Mar, 2011

    absolutely loved this craft idea and I am about to go make it this afternoon. watch out for photos of my finished work -- I'm going to use my triple strand of pink Hyderabadi pearls from India!

  • nubs297 14 Mar, 2011

    The Beadsmith Monofilament cord is also sold through from various sellers.

  • WireLace 9 Mar, 2011

    The pictures has been changed so now the WireLace used in the necklaces shown on the displays above are 6mm Brass and 6mm Pale Silver.

  • Minnie34 5 Mar, 2011

    As you will see above in Resources
    Beacon Quick Grip permanent adhesive available from most crafts supply stores. WireLace available from Freshwater pearls, crystal beads, findings, and general beading supplies and tools available from Fire Mountain Gems.
    The type of adhesive and beads are posted.

  • WireLace 5 Mar, 2011

    The WireLace size and colors in the above picture are 6mm Rose Gold (pink necklace) and Pale Gold.

  • nubs297 4 Mar, 2011

    I think the glue that was used is: Quick Grip All Purpose Permanent Adhesive. Comes in a green/yellow 2 oz. tube. Sold at: Michaels

  • nubs297 4 Mar, 2011

    The website reports the video will be posted two days after airdate. The name of the glue would be helpful. Plus more details on finishing the ends with the cones. Thanks.

  • jaydec 4 Mar, 2011

    The glue bottle was yellow and green so not 527 or E-6000. The machine she was referring to is a bead spinner which strings the beads automatically.

  • ceeb44 3 Mar, 2011

    i too am curious about the name of the glue since i'm a breginner beader.
    also whatmachine martha referred to as they approached the stringing portion. kristin replied no they don't use it for this project.

  • MimisGems 3 Mar, 2011

    As an authorized retailer of WireLace, I think it is safe to say the adhesive was either 527 or E-6000.

  • DominiqueMcA 3 Mar, 2011

    it says check back after the airdate for photos/video. I assume that means they will be up tomorrow: 3/3/2011.

  • pjenyart 3 Mar, 2011

    I would like the noame of the glue also.

  • bgwinnup 3 Mar, 2011

    I have tried all day to print the instructions with the picture, and the picture is still not available or the video.

  • chriskaye 2 Mar, 2011

    It would be interesting to know the name of the glue used, since Martha said it was her favorite and that she keeps tubes in every drawer. It must have a lot of uses.