Here’s another one of my homemade jewelry tutorials. It’s a quick and easy way to make a necklace using cotton cord with pretty beads and simple jump rings, it makes for another wonderfully unique homemade gift idea.
Of course if you prefer making necklaces using a leather thong or cotton thong with ribbon, then go ahead, the main thing here is to check that your cord or leather will fit though the beads and that the leather ends are compatible with your chosen cord.
Materials You Will Need:
- 6 or 7 beads with good size holes (Fire Mountain Gems)
- Cotton cord (Fire Mountain Gems)
- 34 x 7 mm jump rings (Amazon)
- 2 x 5mm jump rings (Amazon)
- 2 Leather ends (Amazon)
- Necklace clasp or toggle (Amazon)
How To Make A Necklace:
Step 1. To make a necklace start with placing the cotton cord around your neck to get an idea of what length you would like make the necklace. The cord is easily trimmed later so leave it just a little longer than needed, just in case the cord begins to fray at the ends whilst threading on the beads.
Step 2. Thread 5 jump rings on to the cotton followed by 1 bead.
Step 3. After the first bead thread 4 jump rings on to the cotton followed by 1 bead.
Step 4. Repeat step 3 (4 jump rings to 1 bead )until you have used all your beads, finish with 5 jump rings.
Step 5. Trim the ends of the cotton to make them neat and tidy or to remove the extra length you left on.
Step 6. Place the cotton into the leather ends and squeezing the ends closed. I find it easier to hold the leather end and a tiny bit of cotton cord with one pair of pliers whilst squeezing the leather end closed with a second pair.
Step 7. Open the jump ring and hook it through the clasp and leather end.
Step 8. Close the jump ring and repeat with the other side.
This attractive homemade pendant necklace is one of the simplest ways of making necklaces, it can give a really striking effect and can make an excellent last minute gift for someone at very little cost.
And making a strand of simple beads is an ideal homemade gift and a great way to familiarize yourself with traditional stringing using a needle and thread.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a necklace, please post any comments, questions or ideas below.