God, how I’ve missed crafting jewellery, real jewellery that takes two or more hours to craft. I could spend whole days doing that! Honestly, it felt really good to work it out in my head, get the material and start crafting right away. And I’m always twice as proud to be wearing it in public, and it doesn’t break for some unknown reason. There is always this slight risk when crafting jewellery yourself, but even if it breaks at some point you always know where to fix it (if bought jewellery breaks it’s mostly irreparable).
But that doesn’t happen as often as you might think.
So I toyed with the notion of creating some more jewellery including this wonderful satin rope I bought some time ago, and I also wanted to include some pearl cotton. Might remind you of this bracelet here, but I kind of wasn’t finished with that combination. I still have so many ideas about crafting rope jewellery in my head (aside from all those ideas you find on Pinterest), I need to draw them somewhere so I won’t forget them. This specific necklace spooked around my head for a while now, and it’s wonderful how it turned out:
- Satin rope (in champagne or beige)
- 6 Gold nugget beads
- 4 end caps
- 6 headpins
- Golden chunky chain
- Golden delicate chain
- Pearl cotton in black, dark red and rose
- 6 jump rings
- Jewellery clasp
- Adhesive tape
- Super Glue
- Jewellery Pliers
Start by preparing the piece of chunky chain that will make your centrepiece. I severed a piece of about ten centimetres.
Start threading a gold nugget bead on a head pin and with the jewellery pliers form a small loop at the tip of the nugget. Sever the filament and finish the eye of the pin. Repeat with the other five nuggets.
Attach the nugget at the eye of the pin to a link of the chunky chain. Repeat with the other five and place all of them in equal distance to each other.
Time to craft the rope part! Cut off two pieces of rope with a length of 15 centimetres, then finish the ends of the rope with adhesive tape, wrapping it tightly around the tip. Apply super glue to the tips and attach an end cap on each end.
To embellish the rope even further, tie one end of the black pearl cotton to one end of the rope (close to the end cap) and carefully wrap the thread around the rope a few times until you have a black segment. Tie a knot at the end, then secure it with a drop of super glue.
Continue with the dark red pearl cotton by knotting it to the rope and wrapping it around. This time, produce a shorter segment. Repeat this process with the rose pearl cotton, making an even shorter segment. Do everything again with the other piece of rope.
Assembly! First, attach the centre part with the gold nuggets to the rope parts by help of a jump ring on each end. Then attach the delicate chain to one part of the rope and measure how long you want your necklace to be.
Sever it at the desired point, then halve it and attach the other part to the other rope piece. Add a jewellery clasp to one end and another jump ring to the other. Done!
It actually took my a little while to craft what with the rather difficult attachment of the gold nuggets to the chunky chain. The rope part was really rather easy, although I mistakenly had one piece of rope slightly longer than the other (which I realized after attaching the end cap, stupid me). But everything worked out well in the end! I really like this necklace, and it’s another perfect Christmas present for your best friend or sister if you don’t want to keep it for yourself. Hope you are inspired!