October 4, 2012

Cubed: A tutorial for you!





Materials:

3- 65" lengths of 6-ply Waxed Linen Cording in Sand
99 Brass Cube beads
3 Lampwork glass beads
1 large hole metal bead of your choice

1. Pull all 3 pieces of linen cording together. Tie an overhand knot with all 3 pieces, about 7 inches from one end.
2. String 3 brass cubes on each of the 3 cords. On each cord, tie an overhand knot at about 1.5 inches, leaving room for the beads to move back and forth between the knots.  Tie another overhand knot at 1 inch. String 3 cubes on each strand again.
3. Repeat steps 2-3, seven more times. Thread all 3 strands through 3 lampwork glass beads. Tie an overhand knot, anchoring the beads in place.
4. Continue steps 2-3 four more times. Tie an overhand knot using all 3 cords.
5. Braid the 3 strands at both ends, for about 5 inches. Thread all 6 strands through a large holed bead- I used a Greek metal flower bead. It's still tight enough to slide back and forth on the braided cords, but tight enough to cinch the necklace up, altering the size.
6. Tie overhand knots at the ends and trim any excess.

Make it your own! Switch up the beads by using size 6 seed beads or silver rounds- Change the look using different focal beads like ceramic beads or Polymer clay.




Waxed linen cord (6ply sand): Jewelry Accord
Brass cubes- Hand of the Hills [wholesale only]
Lampwork glass- Loupiac
Greek metal flower- Saratoga Beads





16 comments:

  1. GREAT design! I just bought some great cube beads, and this is giving me lots to think about!

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  2. What a wonderful tutorial. I love the design and always have lots of left over seed beads that could be used as well. Thank you so much!

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  3. What a great tutorial! I love this necklace, and lots of good beady ideas have come to my mind. Thanks so much!

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  4. Love it!!! Great design!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your process with us. I think this would be a good project to do with my grandkids.
    Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

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  6. Very earthy design with a nice rich pop of color in the Lampwork beads. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love this necklace so much. soooo much!

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  8. Love love love this design! I have to try this with some of my polymer clay beads... I have been meaning to use some waxed linen cord for a while, this is just the reason I needed to finally get down to fit- thank you for the great tutorial!

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  9. Love it! This necklace is definitely something I would make myself and wear.

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  10. Nice. This is such a great versatile design. Would be a great Christmas gift idea and gosh golly, I'll bet I have some ceramic beads somewhere :-) Thanks for the tutorial.

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  11. Cheryl W.10/04/2012

    Thank you for the tutorial. I love the necklace!

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  12. I like the way you combine beads and colors!
    Beautiful jewelry!

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  13. LOVE that sturdy wheat colored cord! Fabulous with those cubes, and the braided ends with the flower are perfection!

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  14. Love this design---so many possible varations! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love it:D Thanks for the tutorial!

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  16. Those lampwork beads are just fascinating! Do working with pretty lampwork beads make you want to learn to make them yourself? It sure does to me! lol

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