Hurray!!!I’m letting my Dutch roots shine here, but I thought to celebrate the fact that we have a new king! As of yesterday. I think it is kind of cool. Not sure yet. So, in honor of new King Willem-Alexander, I thought to feature a Royal Dutch -inspired beaded necklace. Be sure, this one is as contemporary as Anthropologie, but with distinct Dutch features:
- 1. White / blue porcelain beads resembling its famous Delft blue porcelain pottery
- 2. Blue trim, symbolizing royal blue blood (smile)
- 3. Our logo in orange lettering, that quintessential happy Dutch color, to celebrate the Dutch Orange flag. For fun.
- Here’s my handmade Necklace! Like it?
These kind of lacy-triple wired necklaces look really fun. They are also fun to make.
Necklaces Jewelry-Making Materials Needed
Beaded Necklace Making Tutorial
Step-by-Step – How to Make Double Stringed Necklaces
1. Measure your desired length of your necklace (N). Add 5 inches to make the knots. If you want to add a lot of knots, add more than 5 inches. (+5). Now cut a piece of hemp string that is 2xN + 10 inches.
2. Fold the rope double and begin knotting off the loop for your closure. Make the opening just slightly bigger than your beads, so that it will stay snugly closed.
3. String on 1 bead on one of the strand. Tie a knot with the two strings after about 1 inch or so.
4, Repeat 3, but make the loop slightly larger.
5. Repeat 4, and make the loop slightly larger again.
6. String on 3 beads, of which the center bead should be slightly larger than the other two.
7. Repeat 3-5 in reverse order.
8. Add one more bead and close the final loop. Make that loop as big as is needed for your necklace to have the desired length. Tie a bunch of knots next to one another to give it that ‘end’-look. Cut off any excess string.
9. Now, with your sheer ribbon, add knots over the hemp rope knots, all the way around. Cut off any excess ribbon, and you’re done!
Here’s a picture of the necklace with the hemp strand 1, hemp strand 2, and ribbon strand 3.
You are not going to believe it, but I DID make this necklace with some recycling! The lace in fact is the lace from an old pair of fancy Benetton socks that had ribbons to keep them up. One of the ribbons came out in the wash, and I could not be bothered stringing the ribbon back into the sock. I’m happy to wear it around my neck instead. (smile). Anyhow, the offray ribbon that I am suggesting to you is of a nicer quality, but my recycled sock ribbon is doing the job just fine for me.
Be sure to feel free to incorporate YOUR recyclables into your jewelry. It makes for unique pieces that way.
Please do not reproduce any of the tutorial without written permission.