“Outside the Box” knotted cord necklace

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I came across the Fall 2012 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine in a drawer, and leafing through it one necklace struck me right away, it was a waxed linen cord necklace knotted with 7mm cubes and 8/0 seed beads.

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Here’s a photo of the page. I did not have any 7mm cubes, but I DO have a literal bag full of tubes of 4mm cubes, so that’s what I used. I think the bigger cubes would be lovely, though.

bead components

bead components

I used two colors of 4mm glass cubes, transparent emerald green and transparent frosted dark topaz. I used two colors of 8/0 seed beads, gold and a greenish turquoise Picasso. A small gold toggle clasp and some black waxed irish linen completed the ingredients list.

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All you do is cut two 80″ lengths of cord, tie one side to one half of the toggle clasp with an overhand knot, and then add one cube to one string, and 3 seed beads to the other string and knot again, every one inch. The magazine recommended alternating colors, and alternating which string you add the cubes to. You could totally make it your own by using more or less beads, different beads….it really seems like the variations would be endless.

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At the end tie on the other half of the clasp. The finished length of mine was 57″. Which came to my waist if left as is…so I doubled it up and made it a nice 28″ length which fell around the boob area. Double it up again and it makes a choker sized 14″ necklace.

doubled up, 28" length

doubled up, 28″ length

Quadruple wrapped 14" length necklace

Quadruple wrapped 14″ length necklace

I didn't count the number of wraps, but keep going to make a bracelet!

I didn’t count the number of wraps, but keep going to make a bracelet!

This was a really easy and fun stringing and knotting project. Honestly, how much easier can it get than this?

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Knotted Wax Cord Beaded Bracelets

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I bought a package of black waxed cord last week, I think I had earlier seen something I wanted to make and waxed cord was involved. So it was in my head when I saw it at Hobby Lobby that I NEEDED it. But damn if I couldn’t figure out what I had wanted it for. So after a bit of googling, I came upon this video from Beadaholique and off I went.

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The first bracelet I attempted to make used some greenish blue 6/0 seed beads. It is very easy, mindless work that you can do while watching TV. The video shows the project as a double wrapped bracelet – but I guess I missed the part where they SAID they are only going to show you how to make a single wrap. So I cut the lengths of cord to their specs and off I went….I started to get real close to the end of my cords and thought “this doesn’t look right” – so when I removed all the tape I had holding it down I realized it was WAY too long for a single wrap and WAY too short for a double wrap. Sigh. So it was turned into an ankle bracelet, and even that is a tad too big, but oh well. I need to pay more attention, I guess.

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I had so little cord left that I could only muster out a loop to hold a small bead as the closure.

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This time I was prepared! I cut a whole, whole lotta cord and ended up doing a triple wrap! I also used a package of cube beads since I have so many (thanks to an AMAZON sale last year) and because they are uniform in size. I LOVE the way the cube beads came out. And this one worked up so much quicker than the seed bead one. I used the miyuki seed bead mix “Melonberry” (and as I just clicked over to Amazon to check the color I used, I notice that they are on sale again – 84 cents for a whole tube. Higher Power, give me the strength to stay off of Amazon tonight….)

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I had enough cord to actually use a button on this one, although I would have liked a more compatible colored button. But these bracelets are so easy to make, and I think they would sell easily if I ever get myself in gear to go sell stuff. So my next goal is to stock up on different colors of waxed cords, and buttons!

Here are a few more color assortments:

green, white and black on black cord

green, white and black on black cord

multicolor mix on black cord

multicolor mix on black cord

frosted greenish blue and white on black cord

frosted greenish blue and white on black cord

pastel multicolor mix on white cord

pastel multicolor mix on white cord

a whole bunch of bracelets!

a whole bunch of bracelets!