Stevie Rope Necklace
Contact paper is great for more than just covering your grandma's kitchen. Using exotic prints and velvety texture the Stevie Rope Necklace is nod to 70s California style and post-modernist art all in one. #Makertake it with untreated wooden beads or a chunky tassel. No filter needed.
- pen or pencil
- 3-strand cotton rope
- mix of brass tube beads
- snakeskin contact paper
- malachite contact paper
- velour contact paper
Gather your tools and materials.
For this tutorial we are using contact paper to make custom brass beads. We love the look of the brass peeking out at the sides. To do this we'll need to measure precisely so that everything lines up once the contact paper is applied to the bead. Using a ruler, measure the width of your bead - we're starting with the longest largest bead.
Grab the contact paper you would like to use to wrap the largest bead. In order for the contact paper to wrap all the way around the bead make sure you cut down the length of the long side for the next step.
Take the bead width measurement and subtract 1/8" - making our measurement on the contact paper approximately 1-1/16". Mark this point on the short side of your contact paper. Turn your ruler 90 degrees and mark a straight line down the long side of your contact paper at the 1-1/16" mark.
Cut straight down the line.
Now we are going to figure out how long we need the contact paper to be so that it wraps all the way around the bead. Roll the paper tightly around the bead.
When the paper meets, mark that line with a pencil. Cut straight along this line.
Peel off the back of the contact paper. Line up the contact paper, sticky side down, right at the center of your bead. Make sure all the edges are straight before you wrap it around the bead.
Press the paper firmly around the bead.
Repeat the same process to make the other three beads. Take 1/8" off each measurement so you have a bit of brass showing on the edge of the beads.
You can mix the paper however you like.
String all the beads onto the rope. You can add wood beads or fabric to this style for an even greater statement before finishing it off.
Once you have the beads how you like on the rope we are going to make 2 sliding knots which will allow you to make the necklace many lengths! Lay the necklace down and overlap the end of the rope. Pull the right cord to the left, and the left cord to the right. Tie a sliding knot by going over the left side of the cord, then behind and back through the loop you created around the opposite cord.
Pull to tighten. Try to keep your knots towards the end of the cord so you don't loose too much length in the final necklace.
Repeat the same knot with the other side of the rope, but reverse the direction of the loop so the end of the rope hangs out the opposite side making it easy to adjust the necklace length.
This necklace will have you grooving your way into Fall! Since this necklace is made of paper be careful not to get it too wet.