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I learned to make this at a bead store from people who learned to make it at a different bead store. So I thought I would continue the chain of sharing.

The other pictures are of other pieces.
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Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
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The second picture shows the original directions and supplies, but I am going to explain where you can deviate as well. I changed the name for my Instructable.

Beads - The main thing about the beads is the hole has to be big enough to pass the silk thread through twice. Most beads should work; in the class I was told not to use pearls, so of course the first time I made it out of the class I used pearls and it was difficult, but not impossible. I wouldn't suggest using pearls for your first time making this though. You'll get frustrated. Also, I used 59 beads for my choker necklace. (I liked starting and ending on pink so that is why my amount is uneven.)
Button or Big Bead - This is for closing the necklace or bracelet. You don't want something too big or too small. You can see what I used in the picture. The first time I did it, I used a fairly big flat, round bead. And when I say button, I mean the one with the loop on the bottom, not the one with two of four holes through it.
Leather Cord - You can use either 1 or 2mm diameter cording. I have only used 1mm so far.
Silk Thread Size 4 - In the class, they had us use the silk thread shown in picture 5. It has a bendable needle attached to the end. This works well, but I like to buy in bulk. The one in picture 5 comes in a length of 2 meters. I used this to make one short necklace/choker, and a small bracelet. Otherwise you can get the silk thread (10 yards) shown in picture 4 and bendable needles which can be reused and I do reuse them with tatting. They really are handy to have when working with beads. So not a bad investment and they come in packs of four and I still have them all. The one I used with the pearl weave necklace, got bent out of shape a bit, but I used it for this Instructable just fine.

Other Supplies:
Super Glue - You will need this to make sure all your knots stay knotted. I actually used Fray Check, because I had just bought some and I don't know if it will work on the leather knots, but it should be fine on the silk thread knots.
Scissors - When don't you need these?
Masking Tape - Just a piece.
AF5W made it!8 days ago
Thanks for the outstanding project! I find semi precious stones bead (8 to 6mm) from broken jewelry at flea markets and use leather bolo cord. Changed the finishing a bit, use a rope whipping knot to lash the bolo cord into button hole, whip the bitter ends together. When wearing the bracelet it is secured using sheet bend knot. The two in pic are jade (Green) and labordite (gray). I just made one with a Button for #1 Son, (sodalite Beads) can't wait to see how it wears! Awesome Instructable, thanks!
laurel12 years ago
Does anyone have instructions for making a 3 row beaded leather cord bracelet? It is another version of this necklace's weave.
When it is layed out flat it is about 9" long, 3 beads wide, with the 4 strands of leather cord running between each row of beads. Or if anyone has a book with the instructions, please give me the title.
I appreciate it.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  laurel12 years ago
Ooh, I'd like to learn how to make that too.
Gcat53 years ago
You can use buttons with 2 or 4 holes as long as the cord fits. If so you may want to make the cord a little longer since you would be threading it through the holes.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Gcat52 years ago
Right :D
BB12345673 years ago
These are awesome... Me and my sister were going to try these with pearls but we decided that was too much money so we were going to use the fake pearls.... still haven't gotten to it!:)
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  BB12345673 years ago
Oh, I used fake pearls! I can't afford anything too fancy, but I think it turned out pretty anyway :)
Lovely pieces of jewelry!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Crafty Cathy3 years ago
Thanks ma :D They were so much fun to make too!!!
lmnopeas3 years ago
Green complements you well! It's always fun to learn new things. I have to stay away from small items like beads until my little ones gets a bit older, but I would love to try making this someday.

Are you familiar with Boondoggle, a.k.a. Gimp, Scoubidou? They used to be so popular when I was growing up. I can't remember if I used to make them or not.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  lmnopeas3 years ago
I don't think that I am. It looks interesting though. What do you use to create it? Cord?
sunshiine3 years ago
Very pretty Penolopy! I will have to pick up some silk thread. I have some things I want to make into jewelry. It will be a new experience for me. Thanks for sharing.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks and it is pretty easy to make. Once you get going, you just fly through to the end!
logannebell3 years ago
love it
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  logannebell3 years ago
Thank you!