DIY: Multi Way Silk Cord Necklace

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I’ve been working on lightening up my colour palette for Spring/Summer.  Winter has seen me migrating to black ALOT and I’m trying to bust out of that a little and have plans on introducing some indigo blue to boost my usual palette of greys and neutrals. (Hey, small steps for a colour phobe, lol!) So when Endless Leather asked me if I’d like to have a play with their silk cord, and then I saw the colour range I decided it was a perfect opportunity to create some simple and tactile jewellery to complement my wardrobe plans.

I wanted to create a versatile and simple piece of jewellery where I could play with different colour combinations depending on my outfit. Subtly contrasting the texture and colour of  various silk cords with metallic elements in the form of these slimline magnetic tube clasps…diy multi way silk cord necklace

I opted for the 3mm twisted silk cord in 4 colours….night blue, truffle, beige and grey taupe; with magnetic clasps to fit. There are brighter colours available if you’re not a neutrals gal like me, lol!

So, onto the how to part…diy multi way silk cord necklace

The first thing I should mention is what happens to the cord the moment you cut it! (it arrives with the ends taped, and you can see why!)

diy multi way silk cord necklace

To combat this I just used a bit of magic tape at the point where I wanted to cut, then cut through the tape and the cord in one go. As I was wrapping the tape I was tightening up the twist in the cord too. It’s a 3mm cord that needs to fit in a 3mm hole. So not alot of wiggle room. Tightening up the twist as you tape eeeeeeever so slightly reduces the overall diameter of the rope giving you a bit of wiggle room to get it into the clasp in the next step…

diy multi way silk cord necklace

I know it probably sounds really simple to stick the cord in the tube clasp, but there is a little more technique involved. Obvs a very careful drop or two of glue into the hole in the magnetic clasp, where the cord is going to go. Pop the taped end of the cord into the hole. It’s a really snug fit so won’t go all the way in without some encouragement! Twist the tube clasp in the direction of the twist of the cord. (If you twist the other way you’ll be loosening the twist in the cord, which we don’t want).  As you do so, the tape will want to come off.  (There’s really not enough room in the hole for the tape as well!) Carefully peel the tape away (that’s why I used magic tape. It’s low tack and will come away relatively easily). Then continue twisting  the clasp until it has gone as far onto the cord as it will go…

diy multi way silk cord necklace

Repeat for the other end and it’s as simple as that….

diy multi way silk cord necklace

I cut 3 of my cords between 16″ & 17″ and the blue one at bracelet length. You could do them all as bracelets too of course. Or have many more lengths and variety of lengths than I have here. But the simple idea of this is that the clasps act both as decorative and functional elements. Allowing you to combine 2 or more of the cords in an almost infinite number of ways to style your piece however suits your current mood, outfit, or colour palette. Simply by joining the magnetic clasps together in different combinations…diy multi way silk cord necklace

You can knot, twist, tie and get creative with how you want it to look…

diy multi way silk cord necklace

Keep it sleek and simple or pile it up for more impact…

diy multi way silk cord necklace

Perhaps add in some rubber or leather cord in the same thickness to mix up the texture as well as the colour.

The pure silk cord for this project was generously supplied free to me by Endless Leather. They supply all manner of leather and silk cords and jewellery findings, (as well as straps, leashes, belt leather etc) are based in Germany and ship internationally. They have kindly supplied me with materials in the past and I can say without bias, the quality really is fantastic. As well as the service and shipping.

The clasps in this project were bought here. Purely because the design I had mind required the clasps to sit “flush” with the cord and almost appear to be part of it.

Anyways, a SUPER simple make with maximum versatility, no? I plan on including some rubber and leather pieces further down the line. I love the idea of something so luxurious as pure silk contrasting with the industrial feel of rubber or the rustic feel of leather. I may even incorporate a bit of colour? Or maybe I won’t…. 😉

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12 Comments

  1. Hélène April 18, 2016

    Adorable! I love the one with the knot. Your pictures are always so neat – may I ask what type of camera you’re using?

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    • Portia Lawrie April 18, 2016

      Hi Helene! Why thank you! Believe it or not these are just taken on my phone. Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung phone cameras are wicked for closer shots like this. Then simply edited in picmonkey to up the brightness etc. Px

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  2. Joanne Rice April 18, 2016

    Can you disclose where the findings are available.?

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  3. sew2pro April 18, 2016

    Great combination of colours and so effective

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  4. Janice April 18, 2016

    Very nice, love the color combo. I have the supplies but just need to start! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Yankee Burrow April 18, 2016

    they look so simple, but I love the fact that you used magnetic ends. linking them together, and in different styles, make them fun, and versatile. good job.
    Debbi

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  6. Michelle April 18, 2016

    Hi! The link you provided for the findings doesn’t work.

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    • Portia Lawrie April 18, 2016

      Hi Michelle! Should work now! Apologies!!

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  7. Rachel April 22, 2016

    Lovely and so simple – will definitely give these a go!

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    • Portia Lawrie April 23, 2016

      Awesome!

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