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Knotted Lucite necklace

Attach bubbly beads to bright cotton cord

Lucite beads — drops, disks, rounds, and saucers — are available in fun finishes, so mix them up in one standout necklace. Find cotton cord to suit your style: Go with a neutral for versatility or a contrasting bright for a pop of color. Then tie it all together with one basic knot.


Necklace 16–21 in. (41–53 cm)

  • 39–57 6–13 mm Lucite beads
  • 15–18 ft. (4.6–5.25 m) waxed cotton cord, 1 mm diameter
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or.015
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • 2 crimp ends
  • clasp
  • 2 Bead Stoppers (optional)
  • 2 pairs of pliers, including chainnose
  • diagonal wire cutters

Lucite beads from The Beadin’ Path, 877.922.3237, Waxed cotton cord from Beadaholique, 866.834.4618, Check your local bead store for supplies. 


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Step 1
Cut a 5–6-ft. (1.5–1.8 m) piece of waxed cotton cord. Make a “needle” (below) and string 13 to 19 beads on the cord. Tape the ends or use Bead Stoppers.
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Step 2
On the center of the cord, with the center bead, tie an overhand knot.
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Step 3
Pull the ends of the cord to tighten the knot.
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Step 4
On each side, with the next bead, tie an overhand knot about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the center knot.
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Step 5
On each side, with the next bead, tie an overhand knot about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the previous knot. Repeat until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. Make three beaded strands. 
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Step 6
Gather the three strands, leaving at least 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) of cord on each end. Trim the excess cord. On each side, over all three ends, use chainnose pliers to attach a crimp end.
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Step 7
On each end, open a jump ring. Attach half of a clasp and close the jump ring.
make a needle
Make a “needle”
For easier stringing: Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of.014 or.015 beading wire and fold it in half to make a loop. Thread the cord’s tail through the loop, and pull the ends of the “needle” through the bead.
If you want a specific arrangement of beads: At 1-in. (2.5 cm) intervals, tie overhand knots with all three strands to keep the combinations in place.
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