Saturday, April 21, 2012

Knotted Silk Necklace

Knotting - how do you feel about it? I know it has a place, protecting pearls and other fragile beads from damage, for instance, and I know how to do it, but I just don't care for it. But I've done it quite a few times; here is one necklace I knotted:


The cutest ever red barrel-shaped lampwork beads - I picked these up at a show, and I sure wish I had more of them, in more colors! I love them!

I paired them with jet Swarovski bicones, Bali-style sterling silver daisy spacers, and black silk.

This is a very quick and easy necklace style to make! Know the secret to ensuring all the segments between the beads are the same length? Coffee stirrers! The ones that look like skinny drinking straws: just cut one to the segment length you desire, and slide it on the silk, tie your knot right above the straw opening, then remove the straw, put your beads on, tie the next knot, and put your straw on again before tying the next knot. Repeat until you have your desired length. Voila!

5 comments:

Halinka said...

Lovely long rope of knotted lampwork!I love the design's composition and its coloristics.
I miss the long beaded chains in my collection.
Warm Greets-Halinka-

Maggie said...

What a great tip! I love the look of knotted necklaces, but don't have any of my own other than traditional pearls. Maybe that's saying something.

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Love your necklace and those barrel beads! Thanks for the great tip too!

Christine Altmiller said...

Those barrels are wonderful! And the coffee stirrer is genius! I took a pearl knotting course and what a pain! Because you get 14 inches into an 18 inch pearl necklace and tie it wrong and the whole thing has to be cut apart. That being said, I love the look of knots when big pieces of thread are meant to be seen...like right here on your piece.

Christine Altmiller said...

Those barrels are wonderful! And the coffee stirrer is genius! I took a pearl knotting course and what a pain! Because you get 14 inches into an 18 inch pearl necklace and tie it wrong and the whole thing has to be cut apart. That being said, I love the look of knots when big pieces of thread are meant to be seen...like right here on your piece.