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 Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Rhyolite and Picture Jasper Gemstone Beads and Waxed Cotton Cord 

Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Rhyolite and Picture Jasper Gemstone Beads and Waxed Cotton Cord

Picture-perfect picture jasper knotted onto neutral-colored cord creates a waterfall necklace that feels like a hug when you wear it.

Necklace:

Step 1
Cut an 18-inch piece of 2mm chocolate cord using laser scissors. Pass the end of the cord through the hook side of the clasp--working from the open side toward the hook. Bring the end of the cord flush with the end of the tube on the clasp. Place a small amount of adhesive on the inside of the tube (optional), wait a minute for it to set up. Using chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the clasp to secure the crimp onto the cord. Repeat on the second half of the clasp.
Step 2
Using the scissors, cut fourteen lengths of 0.5mm natural cord: eight at 6-1/2 inches; four at 8 inches; and two at 10 inches.

Cut fourteen lengths of 0.5mm brown cord: two at 6 inches; six at 6-1/2 inches; four at 8 inches; and two at 9 inches.

Cut eleven pieces of 0.5mm chocolate cord: eight at 6-1/2 inches; two at 9 inches; and one at 11 inches.

Tip: Cut each end of the cord at an angle to help when stringing the cord through the holes of the beads.
Step 3
Find the center of the 18-inch length of 2mm cord. Use a lark's head knot to secure an 11-inch length of chocolate cord in at the center mark of the 2mm cord.

Working left or right from the center, use a lark's head knot to secure the following lengths of cording: one 10-inch natural cord, one 9-inch chocolate cord, one 8-inch brown cord, one 8-inch natural, one 9-inch brown cord, one 8-inch brown cord, and one 8-inch natural cord.
Step 4
Use a lark's head knot to secure one 6-1/2 inch chocolate cord about 3mm over from the last natural cord added in Step 3.

Wrap one end of the chocolate cord around the 2mm cord and make a half-hitch knot, pulling it tight against the lark's head knot.

Repeat, using the same cord to make a second half-hitch knot.

Repeat, making two half-hitch knots with the other end of the cord, on the other side of the lark's head knot.

Tip: Tie the cording so the halves are unequal. This will add interest and dimension to the finished necklace.
Step 5
Repeat Step 4 adding the 6-1/2 inch lengths of cording in the following order: natural, brown, chocolate, natural, brown, chocolate, natural, brown, chocolate, natural; end with a 6-inch brown cord.

Repeat Steps 3 - 5 to add cords to the other side of the 11-inch chocolate cording in the center of the 2mm cording.
Step 6
Starting at one end of the necklace, string an 8x10mm rhyolite barrel bead onto the first 0.5mm cord end. Make an overhand knot to secure the bead on the cord, approximately half way up the cord, leaving a 1-inch tail. Repeat making a doubled overhand knot.
Step 7
Repeat Step 6 adding one 8x10mm rhyolite barrel bead to each cord end left from the sections made with half-hitch knots.

Add one 10mm rhyolite bead or one 8-10mm faceted tumbled pebble picture jasper, in a random pattern, to each of the cord ends left from the section secured with lark's head knots in the center of the necklace.

Earrings:

Step 1
Using the laser scissors, cut six 5-inch lengths of cord.

Tip: Cut each end of the cord at an angle to help when stringing the cord through the holes of the beads.
Step 2
Thread one rhyolite bead onto an eyepin. Finish the end with a simple loop to create a double loop beading link.
Step 3
Using chain-nose pliers, open one loop on the beading link and pass the open link through the loop on a fishhook earwire. Close the loop.

Repeat, attaching the other side of the beading link to a loop on one circle drop.
Step 4
Fold a piece of 5-inch chocolate cord in half and use a lark's head knot to secure the cording to the opposite loop on the circle drop.
Step 5
To the right of the lower loop on the circle drop, within the circle, use a lark's head knot to secure a 5-inch length of cording. Wrap the inside end of the cording around the wire and make a half-hitch knot, pulling the cording tightly so the knot rests against the lark's head knot. Using the same cord end, make another half-hitch knot.

Repeat, making one half-hitch knot using the outside cord end on the other side of the lark's head knot.

Repeat Step 5 on the other side of the lower loop on the circle drop.
Step 6
String an 8x10mm rhyolite barrel bead onto each 0.5mm cord end. Make an overhand knot to secure the bead on the cord approximately half way up the cord, leaving a 1-inch tail.

Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to make the second earring.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • Crimp ends, instructions
  • ''Knots Tutorial'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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