Braid an elegant rope necklace using cotton venetian-blind cord or cotton packaging string. An added brass or gold clasp along with a brass or copper coupler make a braided rope necklace that adds dimension to the neckline of any outfit.
Prior to starting the project, I highly recommend filing the outside edges of the brass or copper slip couplings until they are rounded. The rounded edge provides a more sophisticated look to the necklace. Round the edges with a flat needle file then sand with a 200 to 400-grit sandpaper.
Items You’ll Need:
Cotton venetian-blind cord or cotton packaging string
6-inch length of heavy gold chain
5/8-inch Brass or gold snap hook or boat snap
3/8 to 1/2-inch brass or gold jump ring
Needle nose pliers
1-inch wide clothed-backed gaffer tape
3/4-inch brass or copper slip coupling
Step 1 – Cut nine 64-inch lengths of cotton venetian-blind or packaging string. Fold one string in half and match the two ends. Place the folded end through the loop on the bottom of the snap hook or boat snap. Place the cut ends through the loop and pull the string tight. The string will lock itself onto the snap hook or boat snap. Repeat the process with the remaining eight strings.
Step 2 – Divide the bundle of string into groups of six. Braid the three bundles together. Stop braiding when you are approximately two inches from the cut ends. Secure the ends together with a rubberband next to the end of the braid.
Step 3 – Select a strand in the middle of the bundle. Insert the end of the strand through the bottom loop on the heavy brass or gold chain. Select a second strand from the center of the bundle and place it through the second loop from the bottom of the heavy brass or gold chain. Tie the two strands of string together using a double knot. This secures the chain to the braided rope necklace.
Step 4 – Attach the brass or gold jump ring to the end of the 4-inch chain. Use a needle nose pliers to open the jump ring. Slide the jump ring through the free end of the chain. Clamp the needle nose pliers over the split in the jump ring. Squeeze the needle nose pliers to close the jump ring. Repeat the process if necessary until the jump ring is completely closed.
Step 5 – Trim the cut end of the venetian-blind or packaging string to within 1-inch of the braid.
Step 6 – Cut two pieces of 1-inch cloth-backed gaffer tape 48-inches long.
Step 7 – Place the one edge of the gaffer tape so extends past the cut edge of the string by approximately 1/4-inch. Wrap the entire length of the cut gaffer tape around the end of the braided rope. The gaffer tape will cover the cut ends, the rubber band and the bottom portion of the braid.
Step 8 – Position the second piece of gaffer tape so one edge extends 1/4-inch past the opposite end of the braid. Wrap the entire length around the braided rope.
Step 9 – Slide a 3/4-inch brass or copper slip coupling over the gaffer tape on both ends of the necklace. Check to see if the coupling is snug. If not, add additional gaffer tape to the area.
Tip: Braided necklaces made with fabric, yarn, plarn, paper and other braiding material are easy to make by adapting the instructions above.