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Celtic knots necklace and earrings

Highlight festive tagua beads on knotted linen cord
Celtic knots necklace earrings

I’m a proud Irish lass. I live for frenzied fiddling, corned beef sandwiches, and Guinness. I even took a class in Irish dancing at my local pub. But for this project, I steered clear of the traditional silver Celtic jewelry in favor of tagua beads in colors of the Irish flag. This knotted necklace is a fun way to say “Kiss me, I’m Irish” this St. Patty’s Day.


Necklace 15 in. (38 cm)

  • 3 22 mm round beads
  • 16–20 18–20 mm round beads, in two colors
  • 33 mm hoop component
  • 30 mm stick bead, center drilled
  • 4 1⁄2 ft. (1.4 m) 1 mm cotton cord
  • diagonal wire cutters


  • 2 30 mm stick beads, center drilled
  • 2 14 mm round beads
  • 4 4 mm round crystals
  • 2 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) eye pins
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

Supplies from Nature Beads, 386.530.4856,

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Step 1

Necklace – Instructions

1. Cut a 4 1⁄2-ft. (1.4 m) piece of cotton cord. Center a 22 mm bead and tie an overhand knot snugly on each side. Tie one or two overhand knots on top of the first.

*TIP: When in doubt, cut the waxed cotton cord on the long side — better safe than sorry.

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Step 2
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Step 3

2. On each side, string a color A 18–20 mm bead, a 22 mm bead, and a color A bead, tying two or three overhand knots between each bead.

3. On each end, string six to eight color B 18–20 mm beads with two or three overhand knots between each. End with two or three overhand knots.

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Step 4
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Step 5

4. On one end, string a stick bead and tie two or three overhand knots. Trim the excess cord.

5. On the other end, string a hoop component and tie one or two overhand knots on top of the previous overhand knot. Trim the excess cord.

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Step 1
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Step 2

Earrings – Instructions

1. For each earring: On a head pin, string a 14 mm bead. Make a plain loop.

2. On an eye pin, string a crystal, a stick bead, and a crystal. Make a wrapped loop.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Open the loop of the head pin unit. Attach the loop and the eye pin unit. Close the loop.

4. Open the loop of an earring wire. Attach the dangle and close the loop.

To show off the clasp, turn the necklace around.
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