Tools and materials:
- 42 inches of 1.5mm leather
- Silicone slider
- Labradorite stone
- Large-hole pearls
- Barrel knot tube
- Cutters or scissors
- Glue (optional)
I’ve been making and teaching how to make jewelry for a very long time, and I’m going to show you today how simple it can be to make a bohemian leather cord adjustable knotted necklace with colored pearls and a beautiful stone focal.
I pulled the leather cord through the hole in the stone and moved the stone down until it was resting in the center of the cord.
I clasped the bit of cord that was right next to the stone in my left hand, to mark where I wanted my barrel knot to end up. Then, I placed my barrel knot tube in that spot, and wrapped the cord around it three times, moving down the tube towards my left hand.
Then, holding the tube with the cord wrapped around it in my right hand, I inserted the end of the cord into the left side of the tube.
Once the cord poked out the other side of the tube, I removed the tube, while holding the wrapped cord securely in my left hand.
I pulled the end of the cord to secure the knot.
Finally, I tightened and adjusted the knot.
Using the same steps, I created a second barrel knot on the opposite side of the stone. I ensured that the knots were laying fairly close to the stone, and holding it in place on the cord.
Next, I added a pearl to one side of the necklace.
I made another barrel knot above the pearl.
I added a second pearl and secured it in place with a barrel knot above it.
I added two more pearls with a barrel knot after each one to the second side of the necklace.
Next, I measured the ends of the cord against each other and used a cutting tool to remove any excess cord and make the ends even with each other.
I inserted one end of the cord into the silicone slider.
To insert the second cord into the silicone slider, I needed to cut the end at an angle to create a point.
Once the end was narrow enough to fit through the hole of the slider, I pushed it through in the opposite direction from the first cord.
I tried on the necklace to decide how long I wanted it to be, and if I needed to trim the ends of the cord further. When trying on your necklace, be sure that you leave enough room to get the necklace over your head with the clasp still in place.
Using my barrel knot tube, I made a knot on either end of the cord.
My final step was to trim the very ends of the cord. I recommend applying some glue to the knots, as well, to make sure they’re completely secured.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful, and you use it to create beautiful leather jewelry. If you make a necklace like this one, please show me your results.
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