Beading / Jewelry

Knotted Bead Necklace

By  Myléne Hillam 

size: 21"

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Materials

  • Czech glass beads: pink/clear daggers, 16x5mm, 49; silver luster lentils, 10mm, 7
  • Mirror green faceted round beads, 8mm, nine
  • Preciosa Czech crystal bicones: pink sapphire, 4mm, 18; rose, 3mm, 14
  • Silver findings: bead tips, two; flower-shaped box clasp with soldered rings; jump rings, 4mm
  • Raspberry cream silk beading thread, size FFF

Tools

  • Designs by Reenie Easy Knotter Tool
  • Collapsible eye needle
  • Bead stoppers, two
  • Jewelry tools: round-nose pliers, crimper
  • G-S Supplies G-S Hypo Cement

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler
  • 1. Cut two 48" lengths of silk thread. Thread one on needle, leaving small tail; insert into bead tip from outside. Remove needle and place on end of second thread. Thread through bead tip from same direction, avoiding splitting first thread. Align two ends and tie knot 1/2" from ends. Pull it inside bead tip.

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  • 2. Tie overhand knot and place over Easy Knotter spindle with loop facing you. Hold bead tip end with non-dominant hand while pulling free end of silk with dominant hand to tighten knot agains back of bead tip.

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  • 3. Grasp knot between thumb and fingers of non-dominant hand, pull it off spindle, and tug free end with other hand to tighten knot against bead tip.

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  • 4. On one thread, string 4mm pink bicone, green round, and another 4mm pink bicone. String 3mm rose bicone, silver lentil, and another 3mm rose bicone. Continue stringing beads in this pattern until all beads have been strung. Position bead stopper on thread end. On other thread, string all dagger beads; place bead stopper on thread end.

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  • 5. Tie overhand knot using both threads, then place knot at bead tip on Easy Knotter 1/2" mark with loop facing toward you. With non-dominant hand, hold down bead tip while other hand pulls knot tight around spindle. Grip knot with thumb and fingers, remove from spindle without letting knot go, and pull free end with other hand.

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  • 6. Move 4mm bicone, green bead, and 4mm bicone along thread to knot.

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  • 7. Position two threads together and tie overhand knot, pulling bead tip and beads through loop. Position on spindle with loop facing you and pull it up to last bead. Position strung beads on far side of spindle and pull free end to tighten knot against beads.

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  • 8. Remove from spindle as in Step 5 and pull thread to tighten. Cinch knot against beads with fingernails.

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  • 9. Repeat Step 5, making knot 1/2" from last knot.

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  • 10. Slide seven daggers along to knot on one thread; on other thread, slide 3mm bicone, lentil bead, and another 3mm bicone to knot.

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  • 11. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 to create knot next to beads. Make knot 1/2" from last knot. Continue sliding beads into position and knotting until all beads have been knotted. Finish with knot 1/2" from last set of beads added. (Note: To avoid tangles as length of knotted beads increases, place in pile. Then place loop of overhand knot over pile, picking up whole pile and bringing through loop.)

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  • 12. Thread one silk thread on needle and insert into bead tip from outside. Remove needle, place on other thread, and insert into bead tip, avoiding splitting first thread. Tie overhand knot; place on spindle. Slide bead tip up to spindle and pull tightly until knot is positioned inside.

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  • 13. Remove knot from spindle and tighten, using fingernails to cinch into position. Apply adhesive to knots inside both bead tips; let dry. Trim ends to 1/16".

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  • 14. Close bead tip with crimpers. Attach clasp to bead tips with jump rings using pliers.
  • Tip
  • 1. Visit www.designsbyreenie.com for more detailed instructions on how to use the Easy Knotter tool.