Clothes of the Eighties, Twist A Beads
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Sex: Female
Type of clothing: Accessories
When it was popular: 1982-83
Description: Tiny strings of beads, each strand a different color. Twisted together (several strands at a time.) worn to match the colors in your clothing. You would wear a different set everyday.
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Cindy - July 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I loved my twist a beads. I had so many pairs, I couldn't keep up with them!!! I remember that I bought some strands in metalic cool!!!
Donna - August 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I recently found mine and I probably about 15 or 20 including coral, pearl, gold and lots of other colors. Nobody I work with knows that they were in style back in the 80's.
Laura B in TN - September 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I have let go of just about every old fashion/accessory; but my twist-a-beads are one thing I'll never get rid of. They were a fad a threw myself into fully, spending all my spare money on beads, clasps, etc. I haven't worn them since the 80's, but I keep them in a ziploc bag hoping they'll come back in style someday. (I also have my button-cover purse, since they were in style when my sister was in high school and came back in style when I was, so I keep hoping!)
Barb J. - October 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I recently found my twist beads and have begun wearing them again after I saw one of our local weathercasters on TV wearing them. I just love them, but am wondering if anyone knows where they can be purchased ... I'm missing a few colors and some of the metallics. Also, I only found one clasp after all these years.
Carol K - November 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I just found my beads (I couldn't remember what they were called until I found your page, thanks) and am putting them on Ebay. Unfortunately, I can't find any of the clasps, but who knows, I probably just don't recognized them.
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom was wholeheartedly into these during the 80's. Sometimes she would let me wear them on special occasions like birthdays or when I was in the spelling bee. LOL. She also had a gold add a bead necklace but I don't think I was allowed to wear that one at all.
Nancy - February 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I just brought my twist-a-beads out and started wearing them again also. Anyone know where to get the clasps?
Sandi - February 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I have lots of twist-a-beads. I cannot find a clasp for them. Any ideas for where to find one?
janey - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
check out ebay and also a web site called etsy.
Cathy - July 17, 2009 - Report this comment
where can i buy some twist-a-beads
Tina - September 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I am still trying to find a site to buy twist-a-beads, can't find one. For Nancy, you can use a simple pin as a clasp for your beads. Wear a colorful pin in the front that will coordinate with the beads.
Rhonda - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
You can get twist a bead clasps on ebay, but they are called necklace shortners.
amber - October 11, 2009 - Report this comment
do your search for twister beads. Darice makes them along with the clasps. Our company makes gold filled and sterling silver custom clasps.
melissa - January 02, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG OMG daughter is 8 and SOOOOOOOOOOO loves twist beads and NKOTB and Debbe Gibson..Does anyone know where I can find twist beads..I was able to get her leg warmers at Clairs howver not the beads. The ones I had were detroyed in katrina..Thanks so much my email is
kathy - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I too have a bunch of the beads from the 80s and lost my clasp. I did find clasps at firemountaingems web site. Do a search on their web site for twister style clasps.
Jan Griffiths - February 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I love these too. I still have a bunch of them that I found last week in a box out in my shed. Thank goodness for Ziplock baggies. They are in perfect shape. I also found the clasps---Yay!!
Sharon - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where to go online to buy them. I am always looking at 2nd hand shops and yard sales, but would love to find lots of them. They are also great to re-string to make other jewelry.
Dean - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I'd forgotten about these! In Texas where I lived in the early 80s, they were popular with Mexican dresses with flower embroidery.
Stephanie - July 28, 2010 - Report this comment
Consumer Crafts sells 2 of the small necklaces for under $2.00 .They also sell the clasp and charms to go on them. All different colors.I loved them in the 80's and still love them now!
Sherry - August 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I sold mine years ago for nothing in a yard sale, but recently found some at a fleamarket for 50cents. I restrung them with lovely handmade beads and added a clasp from a local beadstrore. Beautiful!
Lisa Koffler - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I didn't have the actual necklace itself - I had to make my own!
Lynn - May 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Twist beads were a terrific fashion statement that should never have gone away! I still have my strings of beads, but I'm trying to locate a clasp. The other day I was desperate for a short, thin black choker-style necklace to complete a black and white outfit as an accent. Found my string of black twist beads and improvised by using a little hair clasp/clip to attach it in the back. The only problem was that the hair clasp prongs poked into the back of my neck all day! But, I got lots of compliments from young women who had never seen or heard of twist beads!
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Diane Shelton - June 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked two jobs back in the eighties.One if them was house keeping. I was so obsessed with twister beads I would spend most of my money from cleaning on twister beads, They had them on clearance at LaBelle's.I found Goldstone, Blue Lapis,Garnet strands for $1.97 and some cloisone clasps for .47 cents.I have worn them once in my life but I like to take them out and just look at them.I have at least 25 strands.
Donna - July 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I have about 30 strings & 2 clasps but I can't remember how to twist them. Maybe I've gained too much weight 'cause they're too tight around my neck. Any hints?
Cynthia D - June 07, 2012 - Report this comment
You can buy something called an extender from Premier Jewelry. They work perfectly and come in silver, gold and a color similar to titanium. They are not decorative like they were before, but work perfectly. Also, I used a large broach style pin and fastened it in the front, especially with all of the really big necklaces in fashion now. I was in a she store a couple of months ago with my beads on and a very young girl say "oh my those are twisty beads. My grandmother has some of those" then I think she was embarrassed. But it was fine.
Cathy - June 21, 2012 - Report this comment
My best friend and I called ourselves the "bead girls" as we wore our beads so much. I wore mine today; I used a hoop earring for a clasp as I remember mine clasps getting "bad" as they were not real silver or gold. I figure I am old enough now to wear what I want and not worry what other's think or what's in style. My nieces (age 15 and 20) though they were the really cool! Let's all wear ours!
Susan - January 11, 2013 - Report this comment
I got rid of mine from the '80s and wished I never did! So dumb. Today I found beads on Etsy and the clasps on Can't wait to get them! I don't understand why they aren't "in" now or why they were went "out" cuz they are so cute and versatile. The '90s killed EVERYTHING great :(
Stacey - November 20, 2014 - Report this comment
If you are looking for the simple loop clasps, you can go to either a Hobby Lobby store or Michaels craft store. They have them there. I was living in Houston, TX when these were popular and bought all of my bead strands at my local Michaels. Love those and still have them. Now, many popular jewelry stores sell what are called "torsades" and they are simply the same thing...many strands of beads twisted together to form a chunky necklace. Love them.
Loren Torgerson - June 04, 2015 - Report this comment
I sold thousands of twist beads and clasps on the street corners in Tulsa Ok. between 1983 and 1985. It was quite the experience!
Betta - March 31, 2016 - Report this comment
I bought my first set of Twist A Beads from a vendor outside the bookstore at the Auburn University back in 1986. The necklace beads were heavy and the beads were beautiful swirling orbs of mixed color! I just recently found another set of them at an estate sale. I had forgotten all about them before then! I thought they were the neatest and most innovative jewelry style back then!

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