Measure 156 inches of the six colors of thread. Cut the strands in half.
Place the two lengths side by side, you should now have 12 strands together that measure 78″.
Thread the 12 strands on to a darning needle.
Tie a simple knot about 6 inches in from the end.
Move down the length of embroidery thread about 3 inches and make another double knot.
Now, string on more beads and rings. As you do each section, add the beads in a random pattern, sometimes only jump rings, sometimes with two gold ring beads, sometimes none at all.
At the end, you should have a strand that looks something like this below.
You can finish the necklace with jewelry fixings if you’re so inclined, but I always like to make it pretty quick and easy. To complete the top, I made a slipping knot that can adjust the length of the necklace easily. Overlap the two ends. With left hand end, tie a square knot around the right hand end.
Then, tie the same knot with the with the right hand end, around the left hand end. It sounds more complicated in words – look at the photos.
It should look like below. Trim the ends on each knot. You can shorten and lengthen the necklace by pulling the knots further away from each other or bringing them close to one another. In this manner, you can also wear the necklace as a bracelet and pull the knots apart while it is on your wrist to tighten the bracelet.
This photo is blurry, but I included it so you can see what it looks like when the knots are kissing and the ends are trimmed.
FINIS!! You can wear it doubled, or straight or around your wrist, too!
Happy making! Here’s a snap shot from my Miami trip of my lovely friends, whom I adore. If I don’t post for a while, send someone looking for me, as one of my friends may kill me for posting a photo of them in their swimsuits.
what a gorgeous necklace!
small + friendly says
I love it! Thank you so much for all the gift inspiration, I plan to make most of my Christmas gifts this year, thanks to you!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments, you two. I love hearing that my diys are encouraging more handmade gifts out there!! xo anne
your friends are great, they won’t kill you 😉
the DIY seems so easy and the necklace is amazing!
your sweet – and it is easy! give it a whirl!!
this is really beautiful! I love it! simple and sophisticated!
Thanks so much!
Rebekah Leigh says
Gorgeous necklace!! Love it! The dress or top your wearing looks great too, lovely colours. My best friends are the ones I made round 18, I have a weekend away with 2 of them coming up and i’m very excited. I hope your well over there! xxxx
this is so beautiful! thanks for sharing!
How adorable! Love how customizable it is, too.
dervla @ The Curator says
yayyy, I love this (traveling here from Creature Comforts blog). Totally making this. Thanks for posting!
Maureen Hayes says
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is a bad time financially, as it is for so many I know, and my Mom is having a birthday soon. I can’t afford to buy her anything, but I KNOW she would love this necklace in blues (her fav color). Now I can give her something that I made and she will like that far more than any store bought item anyway. God bless you!
Maureen, Thank you so much for your kind comment. Your mom will love it! good luck ad best wishes to you.
Maria Etkind says
Cant wait to try it! I think I am going to do black and grays. With maybe pink! Maria Etkind
That sounds absolutely beautiful Maria!
HOW did I miss this?! The necklace is gorgeous—and so are YOU—and so are your friends! xoxoxox
Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate says
What a gorgeous creation and wonderful tutorial. I am totally pinning this as a gift idea. Love it.
YOLANDA GARCIA says
Precioso!!! Lo quiero hacer!!! Lo que no entiendo es lo de las perlas doradas.
Gracias por compartir!
The gold necklace you made is super pretty.
Denise Farnham says
This is a great idea, it actually looks like a genuine gold necklace.
Pearl Blay says
Great use of jump rings!
Terri Provencal says
Looks great think my Granddaughter’s will Love it. Thank you
Oh great! I think they will too!!