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Crystal dangles on silk necklace

Shimmering dangles contrast with this necklace’s soft macramé cord
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It takes opposing elements to pull this necklace together. Silk cord adds a soft twist of matte color that won’t overpower the subtle shimmer of faceted beads. Likewise, the organic variation in the knots balances the symmetry of the cut crystals. This attraction of opposites will guarantee a dynamic look for any occasion.

SUPPLIES

  • 18–32 faceted rectangular beads
  • 2 18–22-in. (46–56cm) silk cords, in two colors (Eclectica)
  • 18–32 2-in. (5cm) head pins
  • 20–34 6mm inside diameter (ID) jump rings
  • 2 5mm crimp ends
  • S-hook clasp and 6mm ID soldered jump ring
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • E6000 adhesive
INSTRUCTIONS
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1. String a faceted bead on a 2-in. (5cm) head pin and make a wrapped loop. Make 18 to 32 bead units.

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2. To knot the silk cords: Bring the left cord over and around the right cord and then over itself. Tighten the knot.

Bring the right cord over and around the left and then over itself. Tighten the knot. Continue knotting with alternating cords until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5cm) of the desired length. (My necklaces are 14 1⁄2 in./36.8cm.)

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3. Open a jump ring and attach a bead unit to a knotted loop at the center of the necklace. Close the jump ring.

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4. On each side, attach bead units to the cord at 1⁄2-in. (1.3cm) intervals. Check the fit, allowing 1 in. (2.5cm) for finishing on each end. Add or untie knots, if necessary.
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5. On each side, tie the ends together in an overhand knot. Apply glue to the knot, and string a crimp end so the knot is centered within it.

6. On each end, trim the cords close to the crimp end. Flatten the center section of the crimp end with chainnose pliers.

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7. Open a jump ring and attach an S-hook clasp and one of the crimp ends. Close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end, substituting a soldered jump ring for the clasp.

Tip!
  • To add more color, braid three strands of cord.
  • If you use soldered jump rings, string the bead units as you make the knots. When making the dangles, make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the jump ring and then complete the wraps.

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