Sunny Path Necklace
Balance traditional craft with contemporary design in this casual but polished style. An easy to master DIY - this would make a perfect gift or new addition to your own jewelry box!
- cotton twist rope
- end caps
- beading cord
- flourite nugget beads
- faceted resin beads in four colors
- wood beads
- crystal beads
- crimp beads
Time30 minutes + drying time
Gather your tools and materials.
Cut one side of the rope, where the tape is, in half. You want the tape on the rope to fit inside the edge of the cap so none shows outside of the cap (look at next image for reference). Add a large dab of glue to the inside of one end cap.
Squeeze the taped end of the rope into the cap. Twist the rope in the cap to distribute the glue evenly.
You can leave the rope at the length it is at now or trim it a couple inches to make a shorter necklace. Remember that the necklace must fit over your head.
Glue the other side into the second cap and set it aside to dry for at least 4 hours before moving on to the next step.
Thread one crimp bead onto the beading wire. Then add one end cap onto the beading wire.
Take the end of the wire and go back through the crimp bead to form a loop around the end cap. Slide the crimp bead all the way up to the end cap to tighten the loop and use your chain nose pliers to squish the crimp bead. Make sure it is super squished which will hold the wires together!
Lay out the beads however you would like them arranged on your necklace. Keep the two small crystals at each end.
Thread on a tiny crystal bead first. Pull it all the way down to the crimp bead going over the tail of the beading cord.
Add all the other beads and finish with the second small crystal bead.
Thread a crimp bead onto the cord and then the open end cap. Create a loop just as we did before pulling the wire back through the crimp bead.
Pull the wire so that the beads are tight together when laying in this shape. You don't want the beading cord to be loose or you will see it when you wear the necklace. Once everything is in the right place, squish the crimp bead to hold the beading wire in place.
With your clippers, snip off the excess wire.