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Cord and shell necklace

Combine leather, abalone shells for stunning piece of jewelry
Cord and shell necklace

Don’t be fooled by this necklace. It’s not as difficult as it looks. Leather cord, a paua shell (New Zealand abalone) donut, abalone beads, and sterling silver jump rings are the few elements required to create a simple yet stunning necklace. The bracelet isn’t tricky either – a few knots, a few dangles, and you’re almost done. Whether you make a necklace, a bracelet, or both, every choice is a winner.

Click through the gallery below for step-by-step instructions on making the necklace, or download the free project PDF above, which includes additional instructions on making the bracelet.

Supply List


  • paua shell donut, approx. 50 mm
  • 16-in. (.41m) strand abalone shell diamonds or ovals, approx. 13 x 13mm
  • 6 large-hole spacers, 4 x 5mm
  • 7 x 8mm barrel-shaped spacer, hole large enough for two strands of leather
  • 3 ft. (.91m) 1mm-diameter leather cord
  • 8 7mm soldered jump rings
  • 2 7mm jump rings
  • 10 1 1⁄2-in. (38mm) head pins
  • 8 2-in. (50mm) head pins or 2 ft (.61m) 24-gauge wire
  • 2 crimp ends (Rio Grande, 800-545-6566,
  • hook-and-eye clasp
  • E6000 glue
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

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