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How to make a retro Macramé necklace - DIY jewellery tutorial

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How to make a retro Macramé necklace - DIY jewellery tutorial

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How to make a retro Macramé necklace - DIY jewellery tutorial

Designed by: Agnieszka Wajzer-Nowak

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Agnieszka uses the popular Macramé technique to make an Elegant Retro Necklace. To make this necklace we would suggest you are familiar with the Macramé technique which you can learn from one of our previous bracelet tutorials: Frozen Macramé Bracelet. Gather your selected products and let's start braiding <3

Materials needed:
Waxed String 1mm
Cat's eye beads 8mm and 10mm beads
Clasp a toggle or lobster clasp 
End caps
Jump Rings
Glue 
Scissors
Bead board to pin your work to.

Remember that our tutorials are mainly designed to teach you technique and bring inspiration, so your jewellery doesn't have to look exactly like the one in the tutorial. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours.

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

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Pin 6 strings no less than 3 metres long to your bead board. Do not pin them at the very beginning of the string. Leave yourself about 30cm on each string. This string will be needed to make a fastener. You can tie strings in pairs, it will be easier to pin them. The first string from the left pin at the knot, create a parallel line to the knots, stretch and pin in the second place.

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Tie each string twice. At the end of the first row, pin the string at its end, drag the string parallel to the first row as close as possible, pin the string to form a tight line and make a second row tightly adjacent to the first.

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Make 4 parallel, tight rows adjacent to each other, then pin the string.

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Make another 4 rows. Each time, each of the strings you tie twice. Note that the first row (the slant between the rows) is slightly larger than the others, so that the whole begins to form a delicate arch. 

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Now you will make two parallel rows, closely adjacent to each other, in which each string you tie 3 times. Thus, we lengthen the rows preparing for the introduction of beads. After making two rows, you will start the third. Pass the first string under the row and pin it.. With the second string, make three knots, then with the third string make another three knots.

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On the 4th string thread a 8mm bead and make another three knots, the fifth string is empty, make three knots.

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On the 6th string thread a 10mm bead and make three knots.

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Now make 4 rows that are parallel to each other but do not adhere to each other so closely. Again, we gradually lengthen the rows. In three rows, tie each string 4 times, and in the last, fourth row, 5 times.

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After completing 4 rows, start the fifth.

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Make a parallel row, in which each string you tie 6 times.

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Again it was the turn of the row with beads. As in step No. 9, pin the string, the 2nd make 6 knots, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th thread an 8mm bead, on the 6th thread a 10mm bead. Each time you make 6 knots.

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Thus, three rows of beads divided by rows of string were formed.

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Now you will make a sequence consisting of 3 parallel rows, without beads. You tie 6 knots at all times.

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Now you will make the central element of the necklace. Pin the first string, the second make 6 knots. On the third string thread 1 x 8mm bead and make 6 knots, on the fourth string 2 x 8mm beads, on the fifth string 4 x 8mm beads, on the sixth string 5 x10mm beads. Each time you make 6 knots. After making the central element, you need to repeat all the steps in the mirror image, trying to keep the same distances between the rows and making the same bevels.

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Now you will make a fastener for the necklace. Catch 5 strings together, and wrap the sixth around these strings.

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The length of this item depends on how long you want to make a necklace.

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Now glue the tips and attach the clasp using a jump ring. If you choose a lobster clasp,  you can attach a chain that will adjust the length of the necklace.

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Now your retro Macramé necklace is complete. We would love to see your version of this necklace and any other designs you wish to share in our friendly Facebook group, so come along and join in the beady fun :)

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