Because there are times when you want to make something special.
When I make jewellery, I always start with an idea. I draw an outline of what I think would look good. And then I usually change it as I go.
Here I drew an idea for a bold statement necklace. I looked at my beads stash and I started with two fishing cords and a lot of blue and green.
First comes the center element:
You should end up with something like this:
Then, start adding to the sides. Make sure you have a cord that can hold the weight of the necklace. I actually prefer to add new cord for each element, so if it breaks, only that element will have to be repaired. That being said, you have to be very good with knots - use a mini bead to make the knot every time you finish working with a piece of cord, and weave the rest in, if possible.
Here a general sketch of how element 2 looks like:
And off to element 3.
Again, you don't have to have it all on the two initial cords, this is just indicative on how to bead.
Now, repeat the same on both sides. You can lift the necklace from time to time to see how it would look hung. Optionally, you can decide to decrease the number of beads on the outer sides of element 3, so it looks nicer when worn.
To make sure it all holds, I added a thick wire to carry the weight of my beads.
I wanted my necklace longish, make sure you try yours on before you finish with a clasp.
Wear responsibly and send me a photo! :)