This has been an undertaking! My mom gave me her old double strand of beads with a vintage onyx clasp from the 60′s to clean up and repair. Unfortunately the beads were so old, the coating was coming off so I decided to get all new beads and learn how to knot them. After a few lessons in knotting from my friend Clay Burnette, I found that Griffin silk cord in size 8 was the best option. I knotted each strand, cleaned the clasp, and created a whole new necklace just in time for Valentine’s day.
Laying out the beads before knotting:
Below is the original clasp with some original beads:
Griffin silk cord, size 8 and starting the knotting:
vintage clasp cleaned and ready:
after knotting both strands, I used glue to make sure the findings would stay in place:
Close up of clasp on finished necklace:
And finally, the finished necklace!
Finished and delivered this birthday gift! It’s a wrap/capelet and I used two strands of yarn for the body: cashmere/merino and silk mohair. I didn’t use a pattern either – guess I should write these things down as I do them!
Well, I set out to make a scarf but didn’t like the feel of the yarn SO I got inspired to make this instead! I used one skein of Noro Yuzen wool silk mohair yarn and a simple shell stitch. I sewed together the sides to make a sleeve and turned it inside out. Then with the remaining yarn I made the knitted tension cord for the bottle neck. I think I have finally found a great use for this yarn!