I first came across this line of jewelry on HonestlyWTF.com. They did a DIY version of Proenza Schouler's Rope Necklace.
Check out my fun photo shoot in an alley near the office! Thanks to Wade and Karen for helping!
Step 1: Inspiration
Step 2: Materials
Mason Line - I bought this package on Amazon, you get a lot of colors for really cheap
Twisted Rope and Paracord - I didn't use the twisted rope or paracord in this necklace, but you can substitute this for climbing rope
Polished Rocks and Jewels - you can buy these at a bead store or online.
Scissors or Exacto Knife
Step 3: Cutting Rope
One of our interns, Sam, make an awesome video explaining how to make the perfect melted cord ends. Basically this is how it breaks down:
1. Wrap the end of the cord in electrical tape
2. Cut of the end of the cord cutting through both tape and cord
3. Put flame under cut end of cord, avoid touching the flame to the cord
Step 4: Glue Rope
I found it easiest to use rubberbands to tie the rope together before I glued it so I could see how the final result will look. I recommend you use rubberbands to make a mock up of the entire necklace before you glue it.
Step 5: Knotting Details
One of the defining characteristics of Proenza Schouler's necklaces is the spiraling string around the climbing rope. This is really easy to do. Just continuously tie knots with the mason line around the rope and the spiral will form naturally.
To cover up the glue that holds the rope together wrap the mason line around all contact points. You can also wrap the line around sections of the rope instead of doing the spiral detail.
Step 6: Position Pieces
Finish it off by gluing all pieces together and wrapping mason line where necessary.