Monday Make :: Knotted Crystal Necklace
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It’s still pretty frosty out there, and this Knotted Crystal Necklace is just as magnificent as the lacy frost climbing up the windowpane on these February mornings. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm and toasty during the winter months; this necklace will give you that feel of ice princess even in the south of Florida! There’s just something magical about quartz crystal coated with an aurora borealis luster that is ever so subtle.
Denise Yezbak Moore creates this etherial look by knotting waxed linen cord between each and every slightly different crystal point. One plus to using waxed linen cord is that it drapes beautifully; the other and even more important quality is that because it is waxed, is is easy to pass through the holes of beads because it is slightly stiff, which eliminates the need to use a needle. One can use heavier cording than with a needle because the cording doesn’t have to be doubled at the point of the needle. It’s brilliant!
If you’ve never given knotting beads a try, this is your chance. Even one strand of knotted crystal point beads makes a stunning necklace. Best of all, the cording isn’t that expensive, so if you goof up, you can trim it and start knotting again.
To knot cording, some people can do it freehand, but others like to use a tool or two. One can use a beading awl to cozy the knots up next to the beads, or I like to use Beadalon’s knotting tool. For a video that shows you how to knot beads, check out our video on YouTube:
Now, let’s get back to this Monday Make!