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Fringed Tagua Nut Necklace

About this design:

I had a necklace since the late 90's that was fringed in the front from a collection of shell shards. I have probably worn it every summer since I first made it! So when we got in these Tagua Nuts, I really wanted to make an updated version. 1.5mm leather cord fits through so easily, I just love the easy going vibe the leather adds to the Tagua Nuts. And the center-drilled splinters work great as a toggle bar.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 3' 1.5mm leather cord
  • 17 Tagua nut top drilled splinters (varying colors)
  • 1 Tagua nut center drilled splinter
  • 15 Tagua nut round 9mm beads (varying colors)
  • 15 Tagua nut round 11-12mm beads (varying colors)
  • 7 Tagua nut large hole rondelle 3x8mm (2 different colors)
  • adhesive like Hypo Cement

TIP: for a lower cost alternative to using the round Tagua Nut beads try using 1' of cable chain no the left and right sides and a hook for a clasp.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Lay out your beads so that you can have a rough idea where you want everything to go and where the center of your necklace will be. Don't worry about adding in more colors and rearranging after you get started - I did!
Step 2:
Take your leather cord and fold over to find the center. Tie an overhand knot just off the center and string on a few beads. Tie another overhand knot to keep them in place. Remember, slide your knot in place, don't pull the opposing ends to tighten, the leather might break.
Step 3:
Continue adding beads and adding knots as you want to. I like to have an equal number of knots on each side of the necklace. The knots not only add a nice texture to the design, but they also help the necklace to be more fluid in movement when worn. Remember, slide your knot in place, don't pull the opposing ends to tighten, the leather might break.
Step 4:
Once you are at the desired length, finish off each end with a few overhand knots. Take the right side of your necklace and slide on a center-drilled splinter and a large hole rondelle. Knot securely and trim off excess cord. On the left side of your necklace, create an overhand loop knot that the splinter just barely fits through. Make sure the knot is secure. Trim the excess, and add adhesive to all of the finish knots.

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  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    Great design and beautiful colors. I’m itching to try out those materials, too.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I’ve always liked stick beads to use as fringe as the main attraction in a design (probably why I have so many). Loving everything about your design Ali! The color and bead selection. Then the leather just pulls it all together. Another stunner!! :)

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    Sassy Bohemian says:

    I have to say that I can look at the design and I know that it’s your’s. Beautiful! I can’t wait to try my hand at it, but right now my hand can’t cut it due to surgery. Your work is right up my alley!

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    LOVE!!! LOVE!! the necklace, have to give it a try :D

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    This is an excellent combination of colors and the random spacing really gives it a casual summery feel.

  6. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks everyone! Guess what jewelry I’m wearing today:-)

  7. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    So summery! I love the vintage color palette.

  8. lizanna
    lizanna says:

    Very cool, but I was looking for a set of already mixed colors in either tagua nut or recycled glass — a grab bag, basically.

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    sulitu says:

    I love the way the design is carried all the way through to the closure! No distracting metal to draw away from the organic nature of the piece.

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