lundi 1 septembre 2008

How to : The perfect summer/beach necklace!

I created this necklace base on one that I saw in the book called Les bijoux . On the way, I had to modify their plan to suit my needs, so this is my “How to” for this project.

How to make the perfect beach necklace

you will need:
- 20 medium pearls
- 20 small pearls
- 7 pieces of hemp string (or any other natural looking cord – just make sure that you can slide the pearls on it!) that are 150 cm long

1- Fold 6 of the 7 strings in two and form a loop that you will tie with a knot. Make sure the loop is not too big, about one inch long.

2- Tie the 7th string at the base of the loop to consolidate your loop by making this simple knot around the loop.

3- To make the knot around the loop, insert the end of the string inside the loop.

4- Then, bring back the string towards you and insert the end of the string in the small loop the string is now making.

5- Pull the string to tie the knot (don’t pull to much. The knot must be loose a little bit.)

6- Repeat steps 3-4-5 until you have made your way around the loop.

7- When you are done, tie the string by a simple knot around the base of the loop and cut the exceeding string.

8- Slide small and medium pearls on 8 of the strings leaving 4 strings without a pearl. Try to alternate small, medium and empty strings to create an interesting pattern.

9- Leaving about 10 cm for the pearls to take their place, make a big knot with all the strings.

10- Repeat steps 8 and 9. Try to put the pearls on strings that did not have one on the previous block and keep one medium pearl to make the closing. You will do five blocks of 8 pearls and the last one will contain only 7 pearls.

11- To finish the necklace, insert a medium pearl in one of the string and make a giant knot containing the pearl. To wear the necklace, you will need to insert this knot into the loop at the other end. Finally, you can cut a little bit the exceeding strings beside the finishing pearl if you want to.

12- Voilà!

I want to say a special thanks to my daughter Elsianne, who was quietly playing while I was taking the pictures to make this “How to”.

- Caro AKA Carotte

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