Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crochet Thread Knotted Necklace

A fun and easy project from yesterday.
Pick out some larger beads.  Lay out your design.  Remember the simple rule of design – use an odd number of each component.  I used three strands, and an odd number of beads on each strand.  I used a rough equivalent of rainbow colors, one strand in order from purple to red, another in order from red to purple, and a third going each direction from the center.
Make sure the beads have a fairly large hole.  Cut your strands of crochet thread about twice the length of your finished necklace.  Tie a double overhand knot in the thread.  String the first bead on.  You may need to wet the end of the thread, and twist it tightly to form an end that will enter the bead.  A dab of white glue, twisted and allowed to dry will help also.
After stringing the bead, do another double overhand knot.  If you insert a small knitting needle into the knot as you are tightening, you can move the knot closer to the bead.

Make another double overhand knot about an inch from the last knot.  String your next bead, then make another knot next to it.  Continue in this fashion until your string is finished.
Make as many strings as you would like.  Lay them out, and move them back and forth until you are pleased with the arrangement of the beads.  Tie all the strings together with an overhand knot at the end of your necklace.  Crimp a crimp end on the strings right above the knot tightly with pliers.  Trim off the excess string.  A tiny dab of clear nail polish on the crimp and end of strings will help hold it in place.

Repeat for the other end of the necklace.  Hook a ring on one end, and a clasp on the other.
Voila!  You are finished.

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