Beader's Paradise Sapphire and Silver Knotted Necklace

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by Robin D. Beam, Beader's Paradise

Beader's Paradise Sapphire and Silver Knotted Necklace

Create a dazzling combination of seed beads and charms to adorn any ensemble!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Determine necklace length and number of strands. The necklace shown is 20 inch and the number of cords used will need to be divisible by 3; necklace shown has 9 cords.
  • 2
    Measure and cut 9 lengths of S-Lon cord 72 inch long. Run ends of necklace through button shank. Lock button in place with 2 tight, overhand knots. Trim excess cord close to knots. Optional: add a dot of super glue to the knot to ensure it does not come undone.
  • 3
    Separate cords into 3 bundles of 3 cords. Tape or pin down the top of the necklace and secure the middle set of cords (the core) to work surface or a bottom notch on macramé board.
  • 4
    Create 1-1/2 inch length of square knots. Repeat the following pattern every time in order and the knots will make an even pattern.
    Starting with the Right cords:
    Move right cord over the center cord; it will look like a backwards 4.
    Move right cord under left cord.
    Move left cord under center cord.
    Move left cord through the hole that you made (the backwards 4) from the earlier step.
    Pull tight against the knot.
    Next with the Left cords:
    Move left cord over the center cord; it will look like a 4.
    Move the left cord under the right cord.
    Move right cord under center cord.
    Move right cord though the hole you made (the 4) from the first step for left cord.
    Pull tight against the knot.
  • 5
    The 1-1/2 inch of knots will consist of about 10 sets of square knots. Finish by tying all cords together with an overhand knot.
  • 6
    Fan the cords out and tape or pin the top of the project to work surface or board. Starting with one of the center cords, create different combinations of seed beads and beads with charms. The first cord will be a guide for changing up the spacing for the beads on the other cords. Stagger their placement so the beads are not all bunched up in the same place on the necklace.
  • 7
    Tie an overhand knot close where the knot is to be placed on cord. Place a T-pin in the opening of the overhand knot and use it to slide the knot into place on the cord. Note: when placing the bead combos, always start and end the combo with a 10/0 bead; the 6/0 beads are too big for the knots. String on any combo of beads; it can be 3 beads or 9 beads...mix it up! Tie another overhand knot and use the T-pin to butt the knot up right against the beads. Continue adding bead combos, staggering their spacing until the cord is knotted to just under 16 inch.
  • 8
    When adding the charms, tie a knot and add on 1-3 beads, again beginning and ending with a 10/0 bead. Add a jump ring to the charm of choice. Option: use 2 jump rings on charms for added security. String on charm to cord; make an overhand knot with charm in the knot and use T-pin to slide it up against the beads just added. Add beads right after the charm knot and finish the combination with another knot. The charm will now be anchored with beads. As with the knotted bead bundles, stagger placement of charms along the necklace so they spread out along entire necklace.
  • 9
    Upon completing all 9 cords, put the cords together and tie an overhand knot. Repeat Step 4 for another 1-1/2 inches of square knot combinations.
  • 10
    To finish the necklace create a loop for the button to go through. It is very important that the button hole is large enough to accommodate the button. Reduce the number of cords from 9 to 6; trim the 3 extra cords to 3/4 inch; they will be knotted into the button loop. With 2 center cords as core, use the other sets of 2 cords to tie overhand knots on either side of the core cords, flipping the necklace back and forth so that the knot will be on one side, then the other. Test the loop against the size of the button on the other end to make sure it will be large enough.
  • 11
    After the loop is the right length, reduce the number of cords from 6 to just 2. Cut the center cords, leaving a 3/4 inch length. These shorter ends will be hidden by the knots securing the loop to the necklace. Fold over to make the loop and use the 2 cords to make overhand knots on one side of the cord and the other for 1/4 inch, making a nice, finished loop. Make the last few square knots very tight. Trim excess cords. Optional: add a dot of super glue to the knot to ensure it does not come undone.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • Beader's Paradise 6/0 Czech Glass Beads Naturals Hematite 104251017
  • Beader's Paradise 6/0 Czech Glass Beads Opal Smoke 104251041
  • Beader's Paradise 6/0 Glass E-Beads Opaque Sapphire Aurora Borealis 104250968
  • Beader's Paradise 10/0 Czech Glass Beads Hematite 104507321
  • Beader's Paradise 10/0 Czech Glass Beads Metallic Silver 104507401
  • Sweet Beads The Charm Shop Charms Key Silver 8 pc. 104785259
  • Sweet Beads The Charm Shop Charms Heart Silver 7 pc. 104785245
  • Sweet Beads The Charm Shop Charms Bird Silver 22 pc. 104785193
  • The Beadsmith S-Lon Bead Cord 77 yard Black 104743104
  • The Beadsmith Macramé Board 104806483
  • Beadalon Jump Rings 6 mm Silver Plated 50 pc. 104249706
  • Beadalon Chain Nose Pliers Designer Ergo 104458306
  • Nicole™ Crafts Bead It Jewelry Connection™ Toggle Clasp Silver Plated 104244091
  • Dritz T-Pins Size 24 104239813
  • La Petite Shank Buttons Black 2 pc. 104567214
  • Gorilla Glue Super Glue Card 2 pc. 104444764
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Scissors