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Cozy Winter Days Necklace

About this design:

This multi-strand necklace finished with braided suede lace is the perfect complement to a winter day and a warm cup of cocoa (with vanilla marshmallows, of course). I'm not sure what I did before waxed linen came to Lima Beads. If you cut a bit more than you might need and start your stringing from the center out using the waxed linen, you can troubleshoot as you go. This especially came in handy when I needed to figure out how to finish off my strands in the moment. What can I say, I'm not much of a planner but a backtracker.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 1/2 strand of nuggets
  • 1/2 strand of rough nuggets
  • 1/2 strand of round 6mm
  • 15" of braided sued lace
  • 2 18" lengths of 4-ply waxed linen
  • 3 44" lengths of 4-ply waxed linen
  • TierraCast slotted d-ring clasp set 17x20mm
  • adhesive

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Take 1" at the end of your braided suede and unbraide. Slide the 3 lacing ends through the slide.
Step 2:
Fold the unbraided ends over so that they are on the back of the bracelet. Take one 18" length of Irish waxed linen and tie an overhand knot over/around the suede where it is folded over to hold in place.
Step 3:
Continue wrapping the ends of the Irish waxed linen around and around in opposing directions until you are happy with both the look and the hold. Tie securely with a couple overhand knots.
Step 4:
Before trimming off the tails of unbraided suede remaining, stick the tip of the hypo cement in-between the fold and squeeze in some adhesive. Now trim.
Step 5:
Before repeating steps 1-4 at the opposite end, mark 11" down on the back using a pen. This will take the guesswork out of measuring :-)
Step 6:
Layout your beads how you would ideally like them to appear in your necklace design.
Step 7:
Begin stringing. Take one of your 44" lengths of Irish waxed linen and tie an overhand knot just off center. Within your layout, find your center bead from the outer strand and string it on up to the knot.
Step 8:
Continue stringing on beads, tying an over knot every once in a while. Repeat step 7 and this step until 2 strands are complete.
The lengths off your strands should be:
10.5" outer strand
7.5" middle strand
5.5" inside short strand
Step 9:
To attach the inside short strand to the middle strand, measure down 1.5" from the last bead of the middle strand. Tie the short strand into the middle strand using overhand knots. Do this between every bead until you reach the end.
Step 10:
To finish off your strands together, braid the Irish waxed linen for 2" at each end of the strands.
Step 11:
Slide a large hole faceted 8mm round onto each end over the braid, pulling the bead up to the ends of the strung portion of the strands.
Step 12:
Wrap and tie your braided ends to the d-ring or toggle bar.

Buy Products from this Design

16" strand $8.90
½ strand (loose) $4.90

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Great design, Ali, and I love the color! The titanium pyrite nuggets are gorgeous and have many possibilities. :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Awesome chunky gemstone design, Ali!
    The colors are divine!

  3. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Just beautiful, Ali! I love those D rings; they look smashing with the braided suede and waxed linen. Mighty fine!

  4. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Ali..this is gorgous. What a stunning mix of elements.

  5. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    e ;)

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Beautiful chunky piece! The blues really pop next to the natural leather.

  7. Cecilia B
    Cecilia B says:

    Really pretty Ali.

  8. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Love impression jasper…very pretty design.

  9. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    What a beautiful design Ali! I love how you used the Tierracast connectors/toggle with the braided leather. Awesome! And your mix of stones is spot on!

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    Jahna n says:

    WOW!! that is a lovely necklace!! I like the balance you hav acheived with the color and sizes of the beads.
    Thankyou so much in sharing!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can relate to that about backtracking… and it feels SO right with the cocoa! Clever use of the toggle, and I HAVE to remember to use the waxed linen more.

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic design, Ali :D

  13. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooooo! Another winner Ali! The color combo is fantastic and I LOVE how you dressed down some pretty formal looking beads, making them infinitely more wearable!

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Ali, this is FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE what you have combined in this necklace. I had already been eyeing those nuggets and I purchased the Larimar earlier this week…. I might have to create a facsimile. :) I know exactly what you mean about the waxed linen. It is my all time favorite thing to work with!

  15. freefromca
    freefromca says:

    Love this necklace. Is there anyway you can get the pictures in the step-by-step to come up? I am such a visual learner. Thank you.

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