3 Strand Silk Cord Graduated Necklace


  • Approx. 80 beads, asst. of 4(we used 2 different sizes of fresh water pearls, 4mm glass pearls, 6mm opaque rondelle crystal)
  • 3 packages of #4 Natural Silk Cording (2 meters long)
  • One shank button                                                                      


1. Open up 2 packages of the silk cording. Place both ends without the attached needle together and measure 8 inches from ends and place a knot in the strands attaching them together at the 8 inch mark.                                                                                                                                                                         2. String a bead onto one strand and push all the way to the knot. Take both strands (one will be on outside of bead), and tie a knot approx. 3/4 of an inch from first knot with the bead in between. String next bead and push to the second knot, again taking both strands and tie in knot approx. 3/4 of an inch from second knot. Repeat the process keeping 3/4 of an inch between knots with one strand through bead and the other strand on the outside of the bead.                                                                                                                       3. When you have reached 15 inches from the first knot of the strand, tie the two strands together and allow another 8 inches of cording after last knot and cut the strands. Set aside.                                                                            

4. Repeat the above process starting with a different bead to start the next row. This strand needs to be 14 inches from first knot to the last. Remember to leave 8 inches from the end and stagger the assortment of beads so that it does not copy the first row.                                                                                                                                                                                                             5. After cutting the ends off 8 inches from the last knot, set aside.

6. Open the 3rd package of silk cording and cut into two equal parts not including the built in needle. Again, allow the 8 inches from the two ends and knot the strands together. This strand will need to measure 13 inches from the first knot to the last. Cut off at the 8 inch allowance.

7. Now take the 3 strands and put all of the first knots in the same place and tie all 3 together over the single knots.                                                                                                                                                                                   8. Take the other side and adjust the strands so the are graduated over each other and match up the last knots on that side and repeat the knot process again so that all 3 strands are attached.

9. Place the necklace in a clamping device or pin it down on a pillow in front of you and take the 6 loose strands on both ends and braid together using 2 strands together to braid.

10. When you get approx. 1 to 1 1/2 inches from ends, tie the strands together to hold the braid. From here, you can knot the loose ends around the shank of the button. Then make a loop on the other side to place the button through so that it can be worn.                                                                                                                                                                                                            11. Trim any ends and place a small dab of glue to keep the knots from coming apart.

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