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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Geometric Gemstone and Pearl Knot Necklace

By: Tammy Powley

Combine the elegance of pearls with the glamour of gemstones in these free bead necklace patterns from Tammy Powley. The Geometric Gemstone and Pearl Knot Necklace is a great way to practice knotting.

This project is an excert from The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making by Tammy Powley.

 Geometric Gemstone and Pearl Knot Necklace

Materials:

  • Three 10-mm coin-shaped pearl beads
  • Two 10-mm square-shaped pearl beads
  • Twelve 4-mm light blue Czech fire-polished crystal beads
  • Six 6-mm lapis lazuli gemstone beads
  • Two sterling silver bead tips
  • Scissors
  • One number 3 dark blue
  • Silk beading thread with attached needle
  • One 10-mm square-shaped sterling silver toggle clasp
  • Glue
  • Awl
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Ruler
     

Instructions:

  1. Begin the necklace by attaching a bead tip to one end of the beading thread.
     
  2. Use chain-nose pliers to attach one side of the toggle clasp to the hook on the bead tip.

    Geometric Gemstones and Pearl Knot Necklace
     
  3. With a ruler, measure down 5" (12.7 cm) from the bead tip, and tie an overhand knot in the thread.
     
  4. String on beads in the following pattern: one crystal bead,one lapis bead, one crystal bead, one coin pearl, one crystal bead, one lapis bead, one crystal bead, and one square pearl.
     
  5. Repeat this bead pattern one time.
     
  6. String on beads in the follow pattern: one crystal bead,one lapis bead, one crystal bead, one coin pearl, one crystal bead, one lapis bead, and one crystal bead.
     
  7. Start forming a loose overhand knot, and insert an awl through it.
     
  8. Continue to hold the awl through the knot and, with the other hand, pull the thread so that the knot tightens a little around the awl and then push the knot up against the previously strung bead.
     
  9. While pulling the awl out of the knot, use your fingers to push the knot up against the bead.

    Geometric Gemstones and Pearl Knot Necklace
     
  10. Measure 5" (12.7 cm) from the last knot just made, and attached a bead tip.
     
  11. Use chain-nose pliers to attach the other side of the toggle clasp to the hook on the bead tip.
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This necklace is very simple, yet very beautiful, as well. I love that it uses just a couple of each kind of bead. I think I have all of the materials I need to make it in my stash!

Cute necklace and such a very dainty piece of jewelry. I like the knot method. I have not used it before because I was not sure how to do it so it did not look tacky. This geometric and pearl necklace would look great as an added touch to that party dress for a night on the town. You could even bring the beadsup a little higher for ae formal look. Thanks for the tutorial.

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