Monthly Archives: July 2012

DIY Utility Rope Necklace

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You’ll need:

  • 25 feet of 3mm utility rope 
  • 12 – 14 pieces of 3/8″ brass compression sleeves
  • 3-5 yards of 0.8-1mm chinese knotting cord
  • 2 12mm x 16mm cord end caps
  • 2-3 jump rings
  • 1 lobster clasp lobster clasp
  • gel super glue
  • scissors
  • pliers

Start by cutting the utility rope into 8 32 inch pieces. Gather them together and slide the compression sleeves on, one at a time.

Keeping the compression sleeves together keep the ropes evenly bound and make sliding them on easier. After 12-14 sleeves are on the ropes, spread them out accordingly.

Decide which sections to wrap and start at the center of the necklace. Run the end of the knotting cord upwards along one section and towards the edge of a brass sleeve. Then wrap around the ropes, working downwards in the opposite direction. This helps secures the cord.

continue to wrap the entire section. Before reaching the end of the section, place a bead of glue along the starter cord and finish wrapping.

Allow to dry before trimming any excess cord. Continue wrapping different sections of the necklace.

When all the sections have been wrapped, trim end ends. Squeeze a generous amount of glue into the cap and insert the end of the necklace into it. It may require some rotating to get the end of the necklace into the cap. Repeat the step on the other end.

Using pliers, attach a larger jump ring to one end and a clasp to the other.

And that’s it, your necklace is finished!

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MAKE THIS – BEADED BEAD NECKLACE

This awesome tutorial was brought to you by How Did You Make This for great diy tutorials make sure to check them out.

Supplies and Equipment:

– seed beads – these are matte opaque size 15 in cream, seafoam, robin’s egg and black (consider swaping them for size 11 beads – they’re much easier if you’re new to beading)
– thread – this is nymo in size OO
– beading needle
– sharp scissors
– jump ring
– necklace chain with clasp

This is the pattern I used. Feel free to use it as well, or grab a sheet of beading graph paper and design your own! Using an even number of beads (as I did with this pattern) will make it easier, but if your pattern is better suited to an odd number of beads this will help.

This tutorial isn’t incredibly in depth because this bead is made exactly the same way these beaded rings are made. The only real difference is proportion – this piece of beadwork is wider and requires fewer rows of work. Use that tutorial, but with this pattern instead.

String on your first row of beads.

Turn, and work back, being careful not to twist your piece.

Continue working back and forth until the desired width is reached, and be sure to stop at the end of a pattern repeat.

Stitch the piece closed. If your necklace already has a clasp you might want to stitch this closed around the chain instead of threading it on later.

Weave your tails in well and trim the threads.

Slide the bead onto the chain and wear it!

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Leather Bracelet DIY

Here is a great tutorial on how to make these beautiful leather wrap bracelets. These bracelets are super easy to make and a lot of fun. There is only one downside you mite come alittle bit addicted to making these bracelets, as the styles and colors you can make are unlimited. This tutorial was brought to you by LebensLustiger

Tutorial

I got 1 meter long leather cord and cut it in half. This length fits my wrist nicely but you might want to start your first one with a longer piece to figure out your personal perfect length.

Next you need some sort of colored string and a bead with a large enough hole to fit all endings through. I got all supplies at my local crafts store.

 

Start folding your leather in an exact half. Tie your colored string around it with a knot to form a nice loop. Wrap around a few times making sure you tuck the endings. Cut off the rest of endings.

Now start weaving in a figure-8 pattern around your two leather cords. Stop a few inches from the end.

Again wrap a few times around tightly and secure with a knot. Place a drop of glue onto the knot and cut the string ends.

Add the bead and another knot – you are ready to go!!!

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