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How to make a agate necklace - step by step tutorial

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How to make a agate necklace - step by step tutorial

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Magda Niemczyk invites you to a jewellery tutorial in which she we will show you how to make a necklace using a beautiful agate pendant. Braiding & Knotting around the beads is the coolest way to create an effective and long necklace. Gather your favourite pendant & beads and let's start braiding!

Materials used:
Agate pendant (Madga used a 38x43x6mm Heart, but any large, semi precious pendant will work).
4mm round beads - you can use faceted rounds or smooth, the sizes of the beads are your choice. We have chosen Firepolish ™ beads for this design.
CrystaLove™ Rondelle beads 4x6mm 
Firepolish ™ 6mm round beads
Bail
Macramé™ cord 0.6mm
Glue
Scissors

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We measure about 3 metres of thread and fold in half. 

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Then we tie a knot

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I protect the ends of the thread against unraveling during work by using a thread zapper or burning them very, very gently. 

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On one of the threads, thread on a 4mm bead. 

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Tie a loop

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I put a toothpick in the loop and push it up towards to bead, so that the knot sits right next to the bead. Then pull out the toothpick. 

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In the same way, I thread on 2 more beads. 

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Now thread on the rondelle bead 4x6mm onto both strands. 

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Continue adding beads randomly or you can position them into some sort of order, it is up to you. 

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Here is my sequence,  A= 4mm bead,  B = rondelle bead 4x6mm and C = 6mm bead:

A x3- B Ax5 B Ax5 BCBCB A BCBCB Ax3 C Ax3 BCBCB A BCBCB Ax3 B ABx9. I'm halfway through my necklace now, so it's time to thread my bail on. 

The bail- 9xBA B 3 xA etc ... to B.16

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Place both ends of cord through the  bail loop. Then I thread a rondelle bead. 

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Tie a knot after the rondelle to secure it in place.
Now I reverse the threading and knotting order of A, B and C. I place the heart pendant onto the bail so that its protruding parts fit into the hole in the stone on both sides.

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Squeeze the bail tight onto the agate pendant. 

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The agate heart is now in place. 

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Now it's time to connect the ends of the necklace. To do this, I will untie the knot tied at the beginning of the work.

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I bind tightly, double, both ends of the thread. Use sharp scissors to cut the unnecessary thread as close to the knot as possible.

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To be sure, I put a drop of glue on the last knot. You can also apply the glue with a toothpick if you are concerned that too much of it will come out of the tube.

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And this it what your finished necklace should look like. We would love to see your designs in our friendly Facebook group, so come along and join in the beady fun :)

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