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How to Make a Hemp Necklace

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This instructable will teach you the square-knot pattern used for most hemp necklaces.

*The beads used are from my "How to Make Polymer Beads" instructable. Check it out!

For other great hemp necklaces, check out my Etsy store: http://thickneckarts.etsy.com

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Step 1: Materials.

Picture of Materials.
Hemp - the amount needed depends on whether you're making a bracelet or necklace. In either case, you will need at 12x the length of the measurements. For example, your neck=16" you will need 192" of hemp (16')

Scissors/Knife

Safety Pin or Small Nail (optional)

Step 2: Measure Your Hemp.

To measure about how much hemp you will need, wrap the end of a strand around your neck (or wrist, for bracelets).

Cut the strand where it meets on the other side of your neck. You may want to add a couple of extra inches for good measure. Then double it over so you have two strands that make a loop in the center. This is your base strand that you will be tying the hemp knots around.

Pull the newly cut strand taunt and measure out another length of hemp next to it but don't cut the new strand. Instead, you will double the strand over and over again until you have 8 or 9 doubled strands.

After you have "doubled" the strands 8 or 9 times, cut the hemp at the end so that when you pull the strand taunt you will have one long piece of hemp. This will be you knotting hemp.
So I'm making a 9" bracelet. I need one 18" piece folded in half and one piece about 96"?
So for a 9" bracelet, use 9 feet of hemp?
alhowell133 years ago
isnt this type of hemp that you can smoke? alway heard you could
No comment.

But really dude. REALLY?
phoebeh12 years ago
thanks..thanks to you, I found out why my cords do spins every time that I was doing a bracelet. I never got it straight rows until now. :-)
sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks for sharing your hard work! I want to make this sometime.
This is one that I made with some dark wood beads
Necklace Finished.jpg
thickneckarts (author)  LilBangarang3 years ago
Nice!
Thanks! Also where did you find the clay cane for the bead instructable... couldn't find them at michaels
I love fiber projects. Your beads with the hemp twine is a great mix and something that would be fun to wear.
spidaminida3 years ago
Love your work, but I found the bit about the measurements confusing...one strand double the finished length and the other 8x ?
ShadowJesus5 years ago
Good one:p and have you thought about making a vid?
thickneckarts (author)  ShadowJesus5 years ago
Not really..but thinking about it now, that probably would've been a good idea for this one. Explaining the knot process is a bit more difficult than I thought! A video would be easier to follow.
if you make a video, post it.... and this is great! im prob going to make one for my tiki themed bday 2moro....
and since hemp is an incredibly strong material it should last for an incredibly long time. i have worn a hemp necklace my BFF gave me for many months and it shows no signs of wear. and it has been through thick and thin and still is really tough.
I like the beads is that Fimo?
lucazoid5 years ago
this instructable is awesome and clear
thickneckarts (author)  lucazoid5 years ago
Thanks :D
Forcystus5 years ago
I am confused, when you cut the "doubled" strands, do you cut it to the folded over length or to the full length (2x the folded length)?
thickneckarts (author)  Forcystus5 years ago
The "doubled" strands are actually 1 strand. It's the strand with which you measure you neck and/or how low you want the necklace to hang.

So like, if you want your necklace to be 16" in length, you would pull the strand out to 16" then double it over itself at least 8 times. Or measure it with a ruler...but then that requires having a ruler handy ;)

16" = 128" or a little of 10'
tigerlily35 years ago
I'm a bit confused...If you're going to fold the base strand in half (as in the next step), shouldn't you double it first after measuring before you cut it? Otherwise, I am super excited for this instructable! My friends and I were talking about making some of these, but I couldn't remember how to do it...this was a great refresher course. Great job!
thickneckarts (author)  tigerlily35 years ago
I gotcha :) I'll fix it. It is bit misleading.
Thats pretty sweet! How long did it take to make?
thickneckarts (author)  dindanpacman5 years ago
Not too long :)
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Hey, you used the beads form your previous instructable!
thickneckarts (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Sho'nuff! Necklace is for sale in my Etsy store too :)
about etsy; can you only sell hand made crafts? or could i use it for something like ebay?
thickneckarts (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Etsy is for handmade, vintage and crafting/art supplies. Art Fire can be used like Ebay, as they give you the option to "accept offers". Might wanna try that.