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How to make a necklace using waxed cord and wooden beads

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How to make a necklace using waxed cord and wooden beads

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How to make a necklace using waxed cord and wooden beads

Designed by: Agnieszka Wajzer-Nowak

Difficulty: Beginner

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In today's tutorial, we present to you a waxed cord necklace. Although boho-style jewellery is mainly associated with Summer stylizations, Agnieszka twists the strings, entwining wooden beads, to create a boho-style necklace that matches Autumn and Winer outfits. Let's begin! 

Materials needed;

Waxed Cord - 1.5 mm thick - about 30 metres,
Wooden Beads - size 12mmx1, 10mmx6,
Metal Spacers with a large hole
Flat 7mm rings or thick jump rings (e.g. 1mm) - 80 pieces
Decorative Clasp with tips for gluing or a large Clasp, 2 jump rings and end caps hole size 12mm or 5mm hole size for each necklace strand.
Glue 

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

Designed by Agnieszka Wajzer-Nowak - January 2015


Step 1

Trim 5 lengths of cord 55cm in length. It will be the base of the longest element of the necklace. In the necklace shown in the photo, the shortest element, 38cm long, is quite close to the neck. If you find it too short, extend all three parts of the necklace accordingly.

Thread the largest bead on one string. 

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Cover each end of the cord with glue and dry. This will make threading easier. Put the 5 ends of the string together and pass through the 4 spacers.

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Do the same on the other side of the bead.

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Step 4

Cut the string to a length of about 65 cm. Bend the end of the string at a distance of 6 cm. Attach to the strings so that the fold touches the dividers.

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With the other end, wind the string quite tightly around all the strings. A 6cm piece of string determines the distance where you are to wrap the strings. You have to cover it all up.

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This is where you will put the next spacers. Before you do it, cut the end of the string with which you wrapped the remaining strings and cover with glue.

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Glue the end of the string to the remaining strings. Put the spacers on all the strings so that they cover the cut piece of string.

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Trim the string again, bend the end and wrap the strings. Keep doing this until you have done the first piece of the necklace. Remember that the distances between the spacers on both sides of the necklace should be distributed symmetrically. Their length is of course free. In the case of my necklace, the bottom element is 6 cm long. The number of dividers depends on your vision. Spacers can be notched, irregular - all you like!

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Step 9

A single piece can become a standalone necklace. To finish it, cut the strings evenly, glue them together, dry, then cover with strong jewellery glue and add the end caps. Wait for the glue to dry, and then add the clasp with jump rings. 

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Make the other two pieces of the necklace. Each of them has a different length (the longest element is 50 cm long, the middle one is 44 cm, and the neck one is 38 cm. In the case of my necklace, each element consists of: 5 strings wrapped with a sixth string, one or three beads and several dozen spacers. The distances between the spacers in the middle element and the neck one are different (the shortest is 1.5 cm, the longest is 7 cm).

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Step 11

Paste the ends of the three elements of the necklace into the large ends, and then connect them to the clasp with jump rings. surgical steel, in the shape of rings with cuts. You can also attach feathers or boho-style elements to the necklace. Feel free to share you creations in our Facebook group.

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