Cow bone necklace

1. Straighten the wire with nylon pliers, if necessary.

2. Feed the medium brass bead onto the wire. Create a simple loop at one end of the wire, using your chain-nose and round-nose pliers. Slide the bead so that it's flush against the loop.

Create a loop on the other side of the bead (figure 1). Cut the wire with a flush or side wire cutter. Use the chain-nose pliers to adjust the loops so they are tight against the bead. File wire ends smooth where needed.

3. Repeat step 2, connecting your new loop to the last one you made. This time feed five batik bone beads onto the wire, bending the wire so that the five beads are slightly arced.

4. Repeat the process described in step 2, stringing the beads in the following order:

• Three batik bone beads

• Medium brass bead

• Large batik bone bead

• Five batik bone beads (Remember to bend the wire so the beads are slightly arced.)

• Large brass bead

• Five batik bone beads (Remember to bend the wire so the beads are slightly arced.)

• Three batik bone beads

• Small brass bead

• Large brass bead

• Three batik bone beads

• Large brass bead

• Large batik bone bead

• Three batik bone beads

5. Attach the pieces of the clasp to both ends of the necklace.

Designers: Elizabeth Glass Geltman and Rachel Geltman

^Finished Size_

22 inches (55.9 cm) long ^Materials

16-gauge brass round wire 2 small brass beads 32 assorted batik bone beads

1 medium brass bead

2 large batik bone beads

3 large brass beads Clasp


Nylon pliers

Chain-nose pliers

Round-nose pliers

Flush or side wire cutters

Needle file or cup burr

Mandrel or small marker (optional)

Steel bench block or anvil (optional)

Rawhide, plastic, or chasing hammer (optional)

Designer's Tip

Metals are expensive. To avoid loss when creating jewelry, don't cut a length of wire and then trim the excess. Instead, work directly from the wire spool and then cut the wire to the exact fit.

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Knotted khaki linen laces beads around your neck, with a delicate jangle of beads hanging below.

Measure and then use the scissors to cut four lengths of the waxed linen, each length 2 yards (1.8 m) long.

Line up the strands. Find the center fig ^

of the stack of linen threads. Tie an overhand knot VA inches (3.2 cm) from the center. To tie an overhand knot, make a loop with all of the threads and pull the rest of the threads through the loop (figure 1). Tie a second knot on the other side of the necklace 1 Va inches (3.2 cm) from the center.

Pin one of the knots to the macramé board or the pillow. Arrange the linen threads so that there is one strand to the left, two held together in the center, and one strand to the right.

Loosely braid the strands together. Continue braiding until the braided part measures AVi to 5 inches (11.4 to 12.7 cm). Tie an overhand knot at the end of the braided section.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side of the necklace, making sure you divide the strands as in step 3.

On one side of the necklace, thread one turquoise spacer bead through the two center strands. While holding the left and right threads to the outside edges of the bead, split the two center strands apart and tie all four strands into a square knot. To tie a square knot, loop one thread over the other as you would when you begin tying your shoes. Pull it close against the bead, making sure that the outside threads are still on opposite sides of the bead. Loop the thread one more time in the same way to complete the knot.

Designer: Francie Broadie

Finished Size

23 inches (58.4 cm) long, plus a 41/2-inch (11.4 cm) tassel ^Materials

4 lengths of 2-ply waxed khaki linen, each 2 yards (1.8 m) long

7 turquoise spacer beads, 10 mm 7 metal round rose beads, 6 mm 4 carved bone beads with a large hole, 12 mm 26 matte copper seed beads, size 6/0

2 turquoise glass crow beads

Carved turquoise rondelle with hole large enough to fit eight strands of the cord, 18 mm

3 round turquoise beads, 8 mm

4 round turquoise beads, 6 mm 3 bone-colored beads, 4 mm Tools

Ruler or tape measure


T-pin or safety pin Macramé board or pillow

Designer's Tip

A macramé board will have illustrations of the basic knots, something that is often quite helpful.

7. Repeat step 6 with a metal rose bead.

8. Repeat step 6 with a bone bead.

9. Repeat step 6 two more times, using first a metal rose bead and then a turquoise spacer bead.

10. Resume braiding for 1 lA inch (3.2 cm). Tie an overhand knot at the end of the braiding.

11. Repeat steps 6 through 10 on the other side of the necklace

12. On one side of the necklace, divide the strands again fj as in step 3. String three copper seed beads on the center strands (figure 2), Tie a square knot with all four strands as in step 6.

13. String a bone bead through all four strands. If the hole isn't large enough, just put the two center threads through the hole and continue as in step 6. Tie a square knot.

14. Repeat step 12.

15. Repeat steps 12 to 14 on the other side of the necklace.

16. Braid another 1 !4-inch (3.2 cm) section on one side of the necklace. Tie an overhand knot at the end of the braid. Repeat on the other side of the necklace.

17. Hold the necklace together and measure to see if it fits over your head. If not, untie the overhand knot at the end of the braid and resume braiding until it fits.

18. Join the two sides together using a Josephine knot (see step 19). Leave approximately Vi inch (1.3 cm) of thread between the overhand knot and the beginning of the Josephine knot.

19. To make the Josephine knot, make a loop with the left-hand thread so that the threads closest to the braiding are on the bottom and the rest of the thread rests on the top of the loop. Lay this loop on top of the right-hand threads. Bring the working threads on the right-hand side over the bottom strands and under the top strands. Feed these same threads down through the first loop, staying on the top side of the right-hand threads that are closest to the necklace. Now bring these same threads up underneath the center threads and out of the loop (figure 3). Gently tug on all four bunches of thread to tighten the knot. You may have to adjust it a bit to get all of the threads to lie flat.

20. Make a second Josephine knot below the first one, leaving a bit of space between the two knots.

21. Holding all eight strands together, string a crow bead, the large turquoise rondelle, and another crow bead.

22. Tie an overhand knot with all of the strands held together.

23. To make the tassel fringe, tie an overhand knot on one of the strands, and string one of your remaining beads. Push the bead up to the knot, then tie another overhand knot directly below the bead. Add anywhere from two to five of the remaining beads to each of the eight strands in this manner, keeping them no farther than 3Vi inches (8.9 cm) away from the big overhand knot in the center. Stagger the bead placement to create a nice full tassel.

24. Trim each thread to approximately inches (8.9 cm) from the center overhand knot. Basically, you want the tassel to be even. Measure your longest fringe and cut the rest of them to the same length.

Designer's Tip

This necklace has no clasp, so make sure that it will fit over your head before you join the two sides together. If it doesn't, extend the braid a bit at the end of the last set of beads. There's enough thread to allow for a few inches of adjustment.


Like an iridescent pearl spotted on a sandy beach, this bracelet is an unexpected delight to keep and treasure j a

Designer: Elizabeth Larsen


20-gauge full hard or half hard gold-filled wire, 7 ft. (2.1 m)

96 round strawberry conch shell beads, 5 mm

14 gold spacer rings

24-gauge (full hard or half hard) gold-filled wire, 22 ft. (6.7 m)

Cement adhesive for nonporous surfaces

10 coin golden-lip shells, 15 mm 19 coin brown-lip shells, 10 mm

9 medium freeform mother-of-pearl nuggets


Tape measure

1 knitting needle (for jump rings), size 2 US (2.75 mm)

Wire cutters

2 needle-nose pliers Round-nose pliers

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