How to Make an Illusory Rope Necklace

The secret?  This simple jewelry making technique will give the illusion of the beads floating by using multiple crimps. Make a Floating Illusion Necklace. This illusion necklace looks beautiful and requires no knots, glue, or crimps to hold the beads in place. Try this technique with decorative beads, cloisonne beads, pearls or accent beads.

Instructions on making a floating illusion necklace. Supplies and tools you will need to create this beautiful necklace.

Materials Needed:

  • 30 gold spacer beads
  • 30 gold crimp tubes
  • 15 clear or white 5mm glass beads
  • Tape
  • 24k gold .019 beading wire (gold is optional)


  • Wire cutter
  • Ruler
  • Crimping pliers

Step 1: Cut 50″ of wire. String 1 crimp tube, 1 spacer, 1 bead, 1 spacer, and 1 crimp tube. Repeat this stringing sequence until you’ve added to desired amount of beads.  Using the tape lay the wire along the edge of your work space (like a table) and tape the ends to hold it in place.

Step 2: Space the beads along the wire in clumps that include 1 stringing sequence from step 1. Use the ruler to space the clumps evenly unless you choose a random beading approach. Leave at least 6″ of bare wire at either end to give the illusion of suspension in the air.

Step 3: Crimp the first tube on the first clump. Snug the beads and crimp the second crimp tube in this clump. Move down the wire to next clump, crimping the first crimp tube, snugging the beads, and crimping the second crimp tube. Repeat until you have secured all but the last clump of beads.

Step 4: Pass the first end of the wire back through the second crimp tube of the last clump. Be sure that the spacing of this clump is in proportion to the previous clumps. Snug the beads, crimp the tube and finally trim any excess wire.

You now have created an illusory or illusion rope necklace that gives the appearance of being suspended in air.

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