A jewelry designer I count among my favorites is Iacoli & McAllister – their futuristic designs are striking and comfortably complement the simplest or craziest of wardrobes. Lately I’ve been intrigued by their most basic forms of geometric shapes and monochromatic bead strings, but I wanted to see them in a silver color, so I experimented with making my own.
What you need: 3 yards of 1-2mm leather (which will make roughly two necklaces), suede, or imitation cord and brass tube beads in a square shape, 3.5×3.5x60mm. You can find the beads all over Etsy, but I suggest purchasing from Geometric Land. I used 8 of them in all.
The easiest way to make a brass tube necklace is simply string four beads onto about 35 inches of cord, then knot it at the top. But if you’d like, you can create fun geometric shapes with the beads as follows…
1. To create a triangle, string three beads onto your cord. To create a square, string four beads, etc. To create a simple bar shape, use one or two beads.
2. Take the end of the cord and string it through the opposite bead, facing the cord end towards the rest of the beads.
3. Pull tight. You should have your geometric shape! Knot your cord tightly at the ends.
Feel free to experiment with these beads and see what shapes you can come up with – the thinner the cord, the more you can lace it through your beads. Don’t cut your cord until you know the shape you’re using. And have fun with it!
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