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Proenza Schouler's rope jewelry makes a bright and bold fashion statement.  You can easily recreate these these bracelets and necklaces for super cheap!

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!
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Step 1: Inspiration

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Doesn't this image just make you want to go to the beach!?!?

Step 2: Materials

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Climbing Rope - I bought mine from REI.  You can buy it by the yard which is great!

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

Glue Gun


Step 3: Cutting Rope

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As you cut the cord for various pieces of your necklace you will need to melt the ends of the cord to prevent it from fraying.

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

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You will need to hot glue every contact point of two pieces of rope.  Make sure you use a generous amount of glue so the rope sticks together.  Don't worry if it gets messy it will be covered by the colorful string.

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.
manderw3 years ago
Wow, these are pretty wild! I can see little girls especially loving them. Might have to keep these in mind for Xmas future...
bluemoon64 years ago
figured out the spiral and the necklace came out great--made it with a little thinner rope for the first one ---and make the necklace so you could lenghten it or shorten it with the knot system they use on bracelets--couldnt believe what they charge for the real thing onl ine!!!! Wow!!! thanks for sharing--and by the way--they look the best with a printed top--even if the ropes are a totally different color--cant figure it out but they do!!!!
bluemoon64 years ago
need a little more detail --on how to do the spiral??? dont understand where to tie the knots on the cord??
i think randofo that it's ok not to wear any pants, and just your bikini bottom, on the beach. by the way amazing necklace! good find!
randofo4 years ago
How come the original model remembered to put on her giant necklace but forgot to put on her pants?
Carleyy (author)  randofo4 years ago
I think the necklace is supposed to distract from the no pants situation.
randofo Carleyy4 years ago
Oh. Hmmm. Someone should make an Instructable on how to distract people from noticing that you left the house and didn't put on any pants... 1-2-3 NOT IT!
BWP randofo4 years ago
She didn't forget ... she's on the beach and is wearing bikini bottoms! I'm guessing she didn't take her t-shirt off cos with all those bracelets & the necklace there's no way she's getting in the water lol

l8nite4 years ago
a soldering gun with a wide blade makes a nice clean cut in rope and gives just enough melt to keep it from fraying... great looking necklace...