7. Then bring the ends through the last bead. Tie the first half of a square knot in front of the strand. Turn the strand over and tie another half square knot behind it. Turn it over again and repeat in front of the strand. This is a front-back-front knot). If possible, go through the next bead. Glue all the knots. When dry, clip the ends close or leave a little to dangle.
8. Start the next section with a knotted loop around one of the center-section coins, repeating steps 2-8. Continue in this manner until all the coins and beads between them are strung together.
optional music makers
Jingle strand – Add a second strand of beads to hang over the first strand. When the stones in the second strand hit the bells or coins, they’ll make music. Begin and end the strand with a second loop of blanket stitch in the first and sixth or second and fifth coins.
Coin bells – The bells need to hit against each other or another piece of metal or hard stone in order to jingle. Button-like ornaments can be created easily by stringing beads and bells through the holes in these Chinese coins. I’ve made the second and fifth coins into coin bells on my necklace:
1. Cut 12 in. (30cm) of cord and string 3 bells to the center. Bring one end of the cord through the 3 bells again to catch them in a loop (PHOTO F).
2. Thread both ends of the cord through a serpentine disk, through the coin from front to back, and through another disk and a carnelian button.
3. Tie an overhand knot against the back of the button.
4. Thread one or more small beads on each end of cord, cut the ends off leaving 2-4 in. (5-10cm) tails, and tie an overhand knot near the end of each tail to secure the beads (PHOTO G). Dot the knots with glue.