Lately a lot of my projects have been from or related to my For the Makers boxes. You might be thinking, "Jeez Stacie, talk about them enough on here?" (*ahem* This necklace, this lariat necklace, this headband...) But they're really that cool. :)
This necklace is from the February box.
-An odd number of beads in shades of green, black and gold (Or whatever colors you'd like.)
-tiny gold beads
-grey skinny rope
-gold end caps
-black embroidery thread
-glue (Superglue or hot glue)
-thread for stitching everything together
-Beading needle and sewing needle
Start by measuring 2+ feet of rope and then find the center.
With your beading needle parallel to the ground, stitch through the middle of the rope and add your first bead. (Leave a bit of thread hanging out the back so you can tie a knot.
Add a gold bead and thread back through your main bead.
Tie the thread together at the top to make it all secure.
Continue with the rest of the beads making whatever design you'd like.
With your embroidery thread, divide the thread into 15 12'' strands. (5 per braid section.)
Braid the thread together making sure to keep it flat and thick. (If you braid it all and it is thin, you can scrunch it up a bit.) :) Also make sure your braided thread is longer than your bead section.
Stitch both the smaller rope and your braided thread to the top of the rope with the beads.
Wrap the unfinished ends in a bit of embroidery thread. (A little dab of glue here and there help keep everything in place.)
Glue your end caps on the end of your natural rope. I used a mixture of hot glue and superglue to do this. The hot glue secures the rope immediately while the E-6000 superglue keeps it there for good.
The final product. :) (If you have any trouble with my tutorial, be sure to check out the other tutorial over on For the Makers.)