How to Make a Mixed Metal Necklace with Silk Cord

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Choose your second metal


Time: 15 min
Skill Level: Easy

Things You'll Need

  • Natural silk cord No.6
  • Silver and brass beads
  • Ethiopian brass cross pendant
  • G-S Hypo Bead stringing glue
  • 24 gauge stainless steel craft wire
  • A pair of round nose pliers,
  • A pair of flat nose pliers
  • A small lobster clasp
  • Two 4mm crimp covers
  • A knotting tool (we used a piece of 16 gauge wire, about 3.5 inches long, you could also use pointy round nose tweezers or any knotting tool you already own)

Step by Step Instructions

1

Open the packet with the silk cord, unravel all of the cord and grab the twisted wire tip.

2

Take your lobster clasp and stick the tip of the cord through the little opening attached to the clasp. Pull the cord through all the way but leave about 6 inches from the end. You will need this to attach the clasp with a knot.

3

Fold the 6 inch end of the silk cord back and form a loop close to the Lobster clasp. Pull the cord through the opening to make a knot. Stick your knotting tool into the knot loop

4

Slide the knot towards the lobster clasp with the help of your knotting tool, remove your tool and tighten the knot.

5

Take the wire tip of you silk cord and and slide your brass beads onto the cord. We used 13 for this pattern but you could add less or more to your own taste. Just make sure the piece is not too heavy for the silk cord.

6

Add 10 silver beads and the cross pendant.

7

Continue with 10 more silver beads and 13 brass beads to complete the pattern of the necklace.

8

To finish the necklace you will create the other part of the clasp with a wire wrap. Cut about 3 inches of your 26 gauge wire. Hold the wire between your thumb and index finger and use the other hand to secure the wire with your round nose pliers.

9

Bend one end of the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

10

Hold the loop in place with your flat nose pliers and wrap the wire around 3 times. Cut excess wire off with your wire cutters. Your finished wire wrap loop should look like this.

11

Slide three brass beads onto the other end of the wire.

12

Make sure the beads are close to each other without any extra space. Take your round nose pliers and form a loop again, close to the 3rd bead.

13

Fold the end of the wire over and wrap the wire around 3 times or until you have reached the bead. Cut off excess wire as close to the wrap as possible and squeeze the end in with your flat nose pliers.

14

Take the wire end of your silk cord and pull it through your wire wrapped loop.

15

Determine how long you would like your necklace to be and pull the cord through all the way through until you have enough cord to finish the necklace to your desired length.

16

Form a loop with your silk cord.

17

Stick your knotting tool through the opening and slide the knot close to the wire wrap. Pull your knotting tool out and tighten the knot.

18

Cut off excess the silk cord about 1-2 mm close to the knot. (make sure to NOT cut the part of your necklace)

19

Open you glue and put a tiny bit onto the cut off end to prevent the knot from coming loose. Do the same to the other end of the necklace. Wait about 3 minutes for the glue to dry.

20

Take one of your crimp covers and slide it onto the knot. You might have to use your knotting tool or a piece of wire to tuck all of the knot into the crimp cover.

21

Close the crimp cover carefully with your flat nose pliers and light pressure.

22

Repeat the steps for the other end of the necklace that the lobster clasp is attached to. The closure of your piece should look like this.

23

This is your finished “Do it yourself” necklace. Enjoy!

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