I love agate beads. They come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes making them very versatile. I have purchased quite a variety of agate beads, but I usually purchase the nugget beads. I love working with nugget beads because I can string them on just about any type of material.
I wanted to make something for with the Botswana agate nugget beads that I already had in my stash. Since I love combining textures and colors together, I decided to make a hand-knotted necklace using metallic lavender leather cord and my beads.
The necklace took under an hour to make. The most difficult task for me was knotting the leather cord. The leather cord can get dry after awhile, so you should treat it with leather conditioner before using.
Also, I could have cut the leather cord neater after I finished stringing the necklace and coil ends. If you want the edges of the leather cord to look cleaner, use a lighter to burn the edges down after making the knots at the coil ends. Be certain to use the lighter before using the adhesive to secure the knots.
If you want to make something to wear with casual outfits, then this necklace is for you.
Here are the instructions:
Botswana agate nugget beads
0.5mm leather cord (I used a metallic lavender color)
2 silver-plated coil ends
12 5mm silver-plated jump rings
1 silver-plated spring clasp
bent nose pliers
flat nose pliers
adhesive ( I used Aleene’s The Ultimate Multi-Surface Adhesive)
Cut a piece of leather cord to your desired length (I cut a 27” piece to make a 17” necklace).
Thread an agate bead through the cord until you reach the center of the cord. Make an overhand knot on each end of the bead.
Measure 1” from each knot. Make another knot at the 1” point on either side of the cord.
String a bead on each end of the cord. Make another knot at the end of each bead.
Continue pattern until you are approx. 2” from each end of the cord.
String a coil end on each end of the cord. Make a knot at each end. Apply adhesive to the knots. Allow to dry according to instructions.
To finish, attach 6 jump rings on either end, then attach spring clasp. If you want a longer necklace, you may either attach more jump rings on either end or attach pieces of chain link in place of the jump rings after attaching a jump ring to either coil end.
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Spinster Simone 🙂