Masonry string is used by bricklayers and masons to create straight lines between two points in construction. Masonry string is considered a tool by bricklayers and masons, but if we take a closer look at masonry string there may be other uses for it for crafters and jewellery-makers. Masonry string is available in several bright colours that can be used for making jewellery. Make a simple cross necklace with colourful masonry string for an elegant and striking necklace.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Masonry string
- Tape measure
Hold your non-dominant hand out flat and loosely wrap the masonry string around your four fingers, 10 times. Remove the loops from your hand.
Rotate your hand so that your fingers point up. Place the loops from Step 1 against your middle finger. The loops should be approximately 1/2 inch higher than your middle finger. Secure the loops with the thumb of the non-dominant hand and wrap the masonry string around your three longest fingers 10 times, horizontally. Do not wrap so tight that you cannot remove the strings from your fingers.
Measure a 12-inch string tail and clip the string at this point. Slide the end of the string between your index and middle fingers. Pull the string tail to the point where the vertical and horizontal string loops intersect. Cross the string diagonally across the intersecting point of the string loops and push the string to the other side of your fingers. You are crossing the string to make an "X" at the centre of the loops. Cross the string one more time going the other way to finish the "X."
Remove the loops from your fingers. Cross the string two more times at the centre point to tighten the "X" in the middle of the crossed loops. Tie a tight knot and bury it into the loops. Clip the masonry string tails.
Cut a 25-inch length of masonry string. Pass one end through one of the string loops of the cross.
Place the two ends of the 25-inch string together to tie two slip knots. Wrap one end of string around the other end of string as shown.
Tie a simple double knot around the B end of the string with the A end of the string. Tie the right end over the left end and then the left end over the right end and tighten the knot down onto the B end of the string. This knot should be able to move along the B string if you've done it correctly.
Pull the tail of the knot that slides over several inches along the B end of the string and use it to tie another simple double knot around the B end of the string. Tie the right end over the left end and then the left end over the right end and tighten the knot down onto the B end of the string. Both knots should slide easily to adjust the length of the necklace. Clip any ends of masonry string to be even at the knots to finish the necklace.
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