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Simply Impressive Accessories

A matching necklace, bracelet and earring set is an elegant accessory for any outfit.

This matching set is not only simple to make – it’ll add a little bit of homemade charm to your jewellery box and a sense of pride to any occasion when, inevitably, you’re asked where you got it from. It’s quite a statement piece when worn together, but it’s versatile enough to be used for everyday outfits. The techniques used in this creation are suitable for first-time jewellery makers who won’t need to splash out on a lot of specialist equipment to get started; in addition to the cords, beads and clasps, the only equipment you will need are some round nosed pliers, wire cutters (which you’ll probably have lying around the house) and scissors… and every crafter has a pair of those!

Tip: Bead making is one of the best techniques to begin with if you are starting off, as it is easy to rectify any mistakes.

Jewellery Making

< 1 hour

Beginner

What You Need:

  • Length of pink cord
  • 13 x glass faceted beads
  • 24 x metal spin top beads
  • 1 x large glass faceted bead
  • 4 x cord end caps
  • 2 x lobster hooks
  • 12 x head pins
  • 2 x jump rings
  • 2 x earring hook
  • Round nosed pliers
  • Wire cutters and scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut the 1m length of cord in half and lay next to each other. Pick up both pieces and find the approximate centre and tie the two cords together with a reef knot, (tie the cords right over left and left over right). Leave a gap and repeat this process another three times. Make sure that the reef knots are tied in the same way so that they look uniform.

  2. When the three circles in the cords are made by tying the four knots, draw the cords together and tie in a knot at each end.

  3. Thread four headpins with a metal spin top bead a glass faceted bead and another spin top bead. Thread another pin with a spin top bead, a glass faceted bead, the large faceted bead and then another faceted and spin top bead.

  4. With the pliers, bend the top of the pins at right angles to the beads, the bend being as close to the beads as possible. Use the wire cutters to trim the pin down to approximately 1cm.

  5. Pick up the five bead pin and hook the pin over your index finger; use the round nosed pliers to bend and roll the pin end into a loop. Before the loop in fully closed, hook it onto the centre cord circle and continue to close the loop around the cord. Attach the four remaining threaded headpins in the same way.

  6. Decide how long you would like your necklace to be by trying it around your neck. Level the ends and cut away the excess cord.

  7. Place the two cord ends into a cord end cap; use the pliers to fold and crimp one side of the cap over the cords and then fold the remaining side over the first and check that the cap is secure.

  8. Repeat the process on the other end of the necklace.

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