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Teardrop bead necklace

Knotted cord project designed for the novice beader
Teardrop bead necklace

I receive many requests to teach classes on my floating fantasy necklace. The instructions first appeared in my 1997 book, The Bead and I. For the novice beader, the instructions have been simplified by using fewer strands and substituting overhand knots for the macramé on the ends.

I recommend that you cut a length of waxed cord and practice making overhand knots before you attempt a necklace – you’ll soon learn how to land knots exactly where you want them. Although an awl is optional, I find it invaluable for moving and manipulating knots.

Supply List

Both necklaces

  • Dritz Fray Check
  • awl (optional)
  • drinking straw (optional)

Eight-strand turquoise necklace, 37 in. (94cm)

  • 40 or more teardrop-shaped beads, turquoise
  • 200 or more 4mm round pressed glass beads, aqua
  • 60-80 7mm crescent-shaped beads, aqua
  • Conso waxed nylon cord, size #18, black

Five-strand jasper necklace, 32 in. (81cm)

  • 25 or more teardrop-shaped beads, jasper
  • 125 or more 4mm round pressed glass beads, rose gold
  • 50-70 4mm-diameter rondelles, olive
  • 25 or more 6mm Czech fire-polished beads, rose gold
  • Mastex waxed nylon cord, flax

Read the instructions below or download the free project PDF above.

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