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Darling Purple Dumortierite Knotted Silk Necklace | Jewelry Design Ideas

Darling Purple Dumortierite Knotted Silk Necklace

by Angela Lees & Ramona Brummett

This graceful necklace kit features purple dumortierite gemstone beads and Swarovski crystal lilac shadow bicones lovingly knotted on silk. This floating-bead necklace is so easy to make, and the knotting technique is addicting. The soft plum and deep grayish-blue can be worn for both casual and sophisticated looks and complements every skin tone. This kit teaches you the tricks for creating a perfectly even floating necklace using durable and eye-catching components.

The finished necklace measures approximately 17 inches in length, or you can make it to your desired length.

10 Purple Dumortierite 12mm coin beads
11 Swarovski 6mm crystal lilac shadow bicones
42 Miyuki size 15 metallic dark rasberry iridescent seed beads
1 size #6 grey Griffin Silk bead cord
2 sterling silver small .028 hole beadtips
1 sterling silver 6mm soldered jumpring
1 sterling silver 7mm springring clasp with soldered ring
1 hatpin
1 measuring straw

You will need either jeweler's glue or clear nail polish - not included in the kit.


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step 1
step 1

Make an overhand knot at the end of your silk, opposite the needle. Slide a beadtip on to the silk. The knot will fit inside the cup of the beadtip.

Tie a loose overhand knot and use the hatpin to gently slide it down to the beadtip. Remove the hatpin and tighten the knot against the beadtip.

For how-to instructions, watch our floating bead necklace tutorial video.


step 2
step 2

Cut the measuring straw included in the kit into an approximately 3/8-inch piece and slide it on to the silk thread. You can make a longer necklace by slightly increasing the length of your measuring stick, which increases the spacing between bead groups.

Tie a loose overhand knot and use the hatpin to gently slide it down to the straw, then remove the hatpin and the straw.


step 3
step 3

Slide one seed bead, one crystal bicone and one seed bead on to the silk. After the seed bead, make another overhand knot.

Slide the measuring straw on to the silk thread. Using the hatpin, slide an overhand knot down to the straw, then remove the hatpin and the straw.


step 4
step 4

Slide one seed bead, one Dumortierite coin and one seed bead on to the silk. After the seed bead make another overhand knot.

Continue this pattern, finishing with a seed bead-bicone-seed bead trio.


step 5
step 5

After the last seed bead, slide the measuring stick on to the silk thread. Tie a loose overhand knot and use the hatpin to gently slide it down to the straw, then remove the hatpin and the straw.

String your second beadtip on to the silk. Make another knot and use your hatpin to slide the knot into the cup of the beadtip.

Attach the soldered jumpring to the beadtip.


step 6
step 6

Attach the springring clasp to the beadtip at the other end of your necklace.

Apply a small drop of glue to each knot and allow to dry. Trim the ends of the silk.


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