Island Blues Choker
This elegant piece of jewelry from Katie Hacker uses a collection of beads for a modern and classic look. The choker is very simple and great for a fancy night out.
- Lengths of 20# test Beadalon hemp cord: one 1 1/2-yard, one 20"
- Three 12mm turquoise/red/blue furnace glass beads
- Four 10mm round blue glass beads
- Eight blue glass pony beads
- Six 6mm round silver spacer beads
- Two spring cord ends silver large lobster clasp
- Silver extension chain
- Beadstorm™ Chain Nose Pliers
- Designer Scissors
- Clipboard or large safety pin
- Hold the hemp pieces together in the center place them inside a coiled cord end. Use chain nose pliers to flatten one or two rings on the cord end to hold it in place. Use a large safety pin to attach the loop to a pillow or clip the loop to a clipboard to use for a work surface. Arrange the strands so the long strands are on the outside and the short strands are on the inside.
- Use the outside strands to tie half knots for 2 3/4” around the inside strands. A half knot is the same knot you make when tying shoes (see diagram).
- String a light blue round bead onto the inside strands and use the outside strands to tie a square knot. To make a square knot: first, tie a half knot. Next, tie another half knot in the opposite direction (see diagram). String the following beads onto the inside strands, using the outside strands to tie a square knot between each bead: metal bead, crow bead, furnace glass bead, crow bead, metal bead.
- Repeat Step 3 until all of the beads are strung, then tie half knots for 2 3/4." Trim the cord ends to 1/4" and attach a coiled cord end. Attach a clasp to one end of the necklace and an extension chain to the other end.
Tip: When choosing beads for macrame, be sure to select beads that have large enough holes for the cords to pass through.
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