A friend received some Swarovski twist beads in a grab bag, and asked me to make her something with them. Besides the Swarovski beads, I had no direction. I thought they would look good with gunmetal findings and stardust beads. I had a gunmetal multi strand clasp, so I took some inspiration and decided to make some beaded links and connect them with gunmetal chain. First I decided to make all of my beaded links. This made the process faster as I didn't have to keep stopping to create more links. I created them all ahead of time so that I could just connect them to the chains and make the process more streamline.
Once all the beaded links were made, I started taking random lengths of chain and connecting the links and chain to make strands. The clasp was a three strand clasp, so I did one complete strand and tested the length on my own wrist to determine what length I would need. Once I got a length that I thought would work, I was able to get started on the other two strands. I tried to make it completely random, so that the spacing of the crystals and stardust beads changes on each strand.
I didn't want the strands to become twisted, so I did have to be careful when attaching the chains to each side of the clasp. What I finally ended up doing was connecting the strands to the first half of the clasp, but then before attaching the other side I secured the clasp together. With multi strand clasps I have the tendency to turn around the clasp and attach them the wrong way, so I found attaching it while the clasp is together really worked well for me.
And voila, all the strands were attached and the bracelet was done. Thankfully the bracelet was a perfect fit for my friend, but if it hadn't been I could have added or taken out links of chain to make it fit properly.