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Leather & Nuggets Necklace

About this design:

I selected a variety of nuggets in faded earthy jewel tones. The colors reminded me of a vintage tie-dyed t-shirt & jeans. That color palette needed a soft material to complement the soft colors, so I went with the stitched suede cord. It fit perfectly through the holes of the nuggets. Adding the Arte Metal jump rings as accents gives a nice hardware look.

What you’ll need:

  • 3' of stitched suede cord
  • 6 Tagua nugget beads
  • variety of jump rings
  • adhesive

Tip: If you have a hard time getting the cord through the tagua holes, make sure your holes are clear, then try gently twisting and pushing the cord into the hole. That worked for me :-)

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Knot one end of the cord. Create an overhand loop knot at this end.String on several jump rings, then a Tagua nut nugget. Slide these up to the knot just made.
Step 2:
Repeat 5 times, stringing on a variety of varying sizes of jump rings in between each nugget.
Step 3:
Finish your by stringing on several jump rings, knotting the last one to the suede. Take end of suede cord and string through the loop knot and double the cord back.
Step 4:
Tie a single adjustable knot using the unfinished end of the suede cord. Dab the back of the knot with adhesive, make sure not to get on the cord that the knot slides on.
Step 5:
The necklace should vary in length from 20"-28" by sliding the knot

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I just love, love, love the look of this Ali! What a great fun piece for summer! :)

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    Deb Harding says:

    Wow this actually made me love tagia nuts! I don’t mean I didn’t like them before I did….but this is really nice!!

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    I Gang says:

    I really liked the casual but unique look the Tagua nuts gave this piece. I’ve just ordered my first pieces and I hope mine comes out a nice as the featured necklace.
    Thanks for sharing the idea.

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very cool, Ali!! I have been trying waxed linen in the thick tagua wedges I bought. Those holes are not very big in my pieces. Do these nuggets have bigger holes? I would love to able to string on leather!

  5. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Ali, are the tagua nuts heavy?

  6. Ali
    Ali says:


    Yes, I have found that the holes in the nuggets are larger. I would say that the hole is just under 3mm, allowing for the 2.5mm suede cord to get through.

    The nuggets are pretty big, not nearly as heavy as the same size gemstone bead nuggets would be though. I have turquoise necklace that really weighs me down and this is not that :-) … but I do love my turquoise!

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this Ali :D

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    Lillian says:

    I have not used tagua nuggets before I just
    made a order hope I like them appears to be pretty.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh Ali! Stop tempting me! 8O I love it!
    Love the colorful and yet earthy feel of this design!

    Can I ask? Do they make Tagua nugget beads a little smaller than these? I love the look of them but the size scares me a bit. :-)

  10. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Wow! I’ve been afraid of using these because I just didn’t know how good they really looked. I think I am another convert!

  11. Kate
    Kate says:

    @Mary S: We’ll keep our eye out for smaller nuggets, but in the meantime, you might try the “thick slice”– it’s pretty organic-y looking and about half the size of these big guys.


  12. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow that is pretty cool, that nuts can be so pretty..

  13. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love it Ali! Thanks for the inspiration(again)!

  14. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thanks Kate. While I love this look I would go for the smaller if they become available :)

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    Lillian says:

    just received my order yesterday very pleased
    beautiful beads cant wait to start working with them will probably ordered lots more love the color and feel of the beads read the history very impress with that information.

  16. RaggyDaggyDo
    RaggyDaggyDo says:

    Will you be getting more of these nuggets in?

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    DrgnFlyDrms says:

    Are you going to be getting more of these nuggets? I can’t seem to find them anywhere????


  18. The Kooky Zone
    The Kooky Zone says:

    Simply stated one of my favorite items to use. Stunning!

  19. Lil M
    Lil M says:


    I just wrote you a long one and lost it while I was changing the picture.

    Love all you do especially the bracelets. Be proud of yourself.

    Good work, keep it up and keep living your dreams!

    You inspire us old chickens plus the young ones who are depressed feel up after seeing and hearing about you.

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    povertyridgeranch1 says:

    Hi…I’m new here…Can someone please tell me where I can purchase the Tagus nuts??? Thanks

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    Moogie says:

    Lima hasn’t had tagua nuts in a very long time. You can try googling “tagua nut beads” & see what comes up. Good luck!

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    Alwrknoply says:

    Hi Ali, I love your designs, do you sell jewelry online? If you respond, please do at
    Heathermcgough2@aol.com. Thanks

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