Mookaite Stone Crochet Bead Necklace Project

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Free Craft Projects,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 12:02 pm

While this is not my first time ever making crochet jewelry, this Mookaite Stone Crochet Bead Necklace (56 inches long) is the first time I’ve ever used Chinese knotting cord to crochet with. I have been wanting to experiment with different types of string and cord, and this is one experiment that turned out great. I am a big fan of Chinese knotting cord now. The beads are from a strand of mookaite 10mm faceted beads I purchased while briefly visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico. (You can find out more about my bead hunting trip to San Juan in a video I posted on my YouTube channel).

I used the following supplies and materials:

.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord, Ginger (color)

1 – 16″ Strand of 10mm Faceted Mookaite Beads

Flexible Eye Needle

1 D-size Crochet Hook

1 Brass Toggle Clasp

Clear Drying Glue

Corsage Pin



Below are a few photos I took while I made the necklace and a general description of the process:

1. For bead crochet, you have to get the beads onto whatever thread or cord medium you plan to use before you start to crochet.I knew I wanted to use all of the beads and make the necklace super long, but I had no idea how long the cord would need to be, so I kept the cord on the spool as I worked. To help get the beads on to the cord, I attached a flexible needle to the end, and then threaded all the beads onto the cord.

2. After all the beads were strung on the cord, I measured about 8 inches from the end of the cord and made a slip knot to attach the crochet hook to the Chinese knotting cord, and I made five crochet chain stitches.

3. Then I moved a bead down and made a chain stitch right after the bead to secure the bead into the cord, and I continued to make five more crochet chain stitches.

4. I just repeated this process – move the bead down, chain one, then chain five – for all of the beads.

5. Once I had all the beads and chain stitches done, I slipped one part of a toggle clasp onto one end of the cord and tied several knots. Then I repeated this with the other part of the toggle. I used a corsage pin to help push the first knot up against the loop of the toggle clasp section.

6. Once I had all the knots made, I used sharp scissors to trim off the excess cord and added a dab of clear drying glue on the knots and allowed it to dry.

The necklace is super long (56 inches), which allows me to wear it triple wrapped with no problem. The flash on the photo below makes the cord look almost white, but it’s actually more of a very light pink, almost a flesh color.

I set four beads (that matched) aside before making the necklace so that I had enough to whip up a few simple pair of earrings to go with the necklace when I finished.

Crafty Podcast

Blogged under Crafty Videos,crochet and knitting,Jewelry Designing,Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 2:01 pm

My sister, the Tappingflamingo, was down visiting me in Florida, so of course, that means we had to sneak off and record a podcast. We chat about my so far failed attempt at sewing Blythe doll clothes, her very cool gator jewelry, and show off some knitting and crochet.

Beads, Sewing, and Crafting Organizing!

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Jewelry Designing,Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 25 July 2016 at 8:42 am

After chatting some about how I was getting my jewelry making supplies, sewing, and other crafting supplies in order so that I could actually make something, I finally got it together. In this video, I show a before and then an after, from crazy mess to neat as a pin (or almost).

Wear Your Jewelry!

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 23 June 2016 at 9:13 am

Do you make jewelry? If you said “yes,” then you need to wear it!

Bead Vlog: Random Acts of Jewelry

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Monday 2 May 2016 at 8:21 am

I have been giving away jewelry to random strangers and friends too, of course. I talk about what I’ve started called “Random Acts of Jewelry” in this short video:

Video: Make Wire Headpins with Triple Loops

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos,Free Craft Projects,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 8:18 am

Bead Vlog: Bead Bargain Box & Jewelry I’ve Made

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 9:45 am

I show off some of the jewelry I’ve made since receiving a few Bead Bargain Box shipments.

Charms and Charming Jewelry Designing

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 12:26 pm

I have been going in about 20 different directions lately when it comes to making jewelry. One minute, I think that I need to update my Etsy shop and focus on that. Then a book idea pops into my head. Then I think I should focus on my Jewelry Making Studio web site.

Recently, I kind of threw all that out the window for at least a little while and just sat down and designed. And it felt so good! I focused on some cute charms I’ve acquired, and that is where my design inspirations started.

Some of the jewelry supplies I used came from one of my Bead Bargain Boxes, and some came from stash. One piece I made for a gift. It uses a cute “luck” charm and green beads.

I also made this necklace using faceted blue beads and a cute French charm.

My summer break is on the horizon. Hopefully, I will have a better jewelry focus when it comes!

Bead Bargain Box March 2016

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:22 am

Here’s another unboxing video of some amazing beads and other jewelry making supplies I received in my March 2016 shipment from Bargain Beads.

Pendants with Rainbow Fused Glass

Blogged under etsy,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 7:43 am

I made these fused glass pendants using three layers of glass, clear, rainbow, and clear. Then I drilled holes and added wire bales to a few of them. You could also glue on metal bales or create one using seed beads. They have a wonderful glow about them and would look great with your choice of beads or simply added to a silver chain.

They are part of the slashed de-stash and charity fund raiser going on in my Etsy shop right now.

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