How to Make a Beach Stones Friendship Necklace

A beach stones friendship necklace made by you is an artful expression of your creativity and a unique gift for a friend. A stone friendship necklace gift is an excellent choice to show friends how special they are to us and how much their friendship is appreciated. There are various types of friendship necklaces. The most common type is a necklace made with strings knotted or braided together. There are other types like a strings and stones friendship necklace, a chains and stones friendship necklace, a heart friendship necklace, a photo friendship necklace, etc. You could choose a one-piece friendship necklace (given from you to a friend) or two-pieces friendship necklaces (actually a set of two separate necklaces that are either identical or very similar, with common elements, so both you and your friend could wear one as a token of your friendship).

TUTORIAL Nr. 1
Half Heart Stone Friendship Necklace

For this SET of these friendship necklaces YOU NEED:

1. Two beach stone half hearts with a hole. For the beach stones friendship necklace in the picture below a sea jasper stone heart was used which was drilled and then cut in two equal halves. You could buy these half hearts ready made.


2. Four waxed cotton strings in the color or colors of your choice. Make sure they fit through the hole of the beach stone you’ve chosen.


3. Twelve glass beads of your choice. Six of them should be of small to medium size and the other six quite bigger. If your strings are one color and you also pick one-color small to medium size beads it is better to make a colorful bead choice for the bigger ones.


4. Six small pieces of satin ribbon and Six pieces of any other type of ribbon of the same length.


5. A few extra, even smaller, glass beads of the same colors of your other beads (or the color of your beach stone) to decorate your string ends.


6. Scissors to cut your strings.

These are INSTRUCTIONS for one piece of the set.

To make your beach stones friendship necklace, cut two pieces of waxed cotton string 62 cm = 24.5 inches long each. Fold them both in half. As they are folded in half, hold them together from the middle of their length and slip both folded strings through the hole of the half stone heart. Make a lark’s head knot. Separate the waxed strings in two pairs and make a tight simple knot with each pair of strings pushing it as closest to the half stone heart as possible, so as to secure the lark’s knot you’ve made before.

Take one pair of strings and string the small to medium bead through one of them. Hold both strings together again and make another simple knot with both of them, to secure your bead, leaving a distance from the knot you’ve made to secure your lark’s knot. Now take the other pair of strings in your hand and make a simple knot at a good distance from the knot you’ve made to secure your lark’s knot. Thread you bigger bead through one of the waxed strings. Hold both strings together again and make another simple knot with both of them, to secure your bead, leaving a distance from the simple knot you’ve made before. Go back to the previous pair of strings, where you’ve strung the smaller bead. Hold both pieces of ribbon together, one over the other, and tie them around your pair of strings (at any point you like) making a double knot. Repeat the same pattern on both sides, till you have no more small-to-medium size beads and large colorful beads left.

Measure the beach stones friendship necklace around your neck to make sure your head goes through it before closing it with the final knot (this is a slip-over necklace, so it has to fit).Now hold all four strings together and make a simple tight knot, with the strings leaving a long tassel. Use the extra, little glass beads and decorate some of your strings ends. After threading the little beads, remember to make knots at the length you prefer, so as to secure them. Cut off excess string. Your beach stones friendship necklace is ready.Repeat the same steps for the other piece of the friendship set.


TUTORIAL Nr.2

Beach Pebble Stone Friendship Necklace

For this SET of these friendship necklaces YOU NEED:

1. Two drilled natural and smooth beach pebbles of approximately the same shape and size. Colors may be different or the same.

2. Two small metal heart charms.

3. Two large jump rings.

4. Four small jump rings.

5. Round satin cord, length 62 cm = 24.5 inches long. Make sure the cord you choose can pass through the big jump ring your beach pebbles will be hanging from.

6. Jewelry pliers for your jump rings

7. 6-8 metal beads with a large hole, to string on both sides of the cord.

8. Scissors to cut your cord.

9. Instant Glue (Optional)

These are INSTRUCTIONS for one piece of the set.

Take the large jump ring and pass it through the hole of the beach pebble. Close it with your pliers. Take the mini metal heart charm and hang it from one of the small jump rings. Close the small jump ring with your pliers tightly. Pass the second small jump ring through the jump ring of your heart charm and the big one your beach pebble is hanging from. Use your pliers to close the jump ring tightly. Your mini heart charm should be hanging from your beach pebble now.

Pass your cord through the big jump ring and let your beach pebble stone necklace drop from it midlength. Leave a distance of about an inch from the hanging beach pebble and make a tight knot on both sides of the cord. After knotting, string the metal beads, half on one side and half on the other. Once you've done this, take the two ends of your satin cord and make two slide knots to finish your beach stones friendship necklace. Push and pull them with your fingers, so as to tighten them. If you think you should further secure your metal beads make two more tight knots at the ends of your cord and add a little instant glue to them. (Be very careful, though, because instant glue could make your necklace cord hard and scratchy on your skin and ruin your work.)

Your beach stones friendship necklace is ready. Repeat the same steps for the other piece of the friendship set.



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