Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a
contributing editor to Beading Daily
I don't know about you, but my weekly errands usually include a stop at my local bead shop. This week my daughter and her
friend were in tow as I spun around the shop, looking for a specific
cylinder bead color. And, as expected while I was at the check-out, the
two girls came rushing up with pretty things in their hands giving me the sweetest
puppy-dog "Of course you want to buy these for us" looks. I'm such a
sucker for kids who want to bead that I couldn't resist.
The quintessential difference between me buying something pretty at the bead shop and
teenage girls buying something there is that I bring my things home and
set them out in a prominent place to admire for a couple days
(months, years...) before I get to working with them. It's not like
that for teenage girls. They want to wear what they bought right away. So a trip to the bead shop with the girls almost always
includes a jewelry-making session right after.
This week the girls chose hand-carved bone donuts, which I just adore, but which can present a challenge for stringing because of the need to make them lie flat. To get ideas for this week's "Now, Mom, can you help us make necklaces?" project, I checked out Best of Stringing: Simply Organic, a really fantastic collection of strung designs using all sorts of natural materials, including donuts. Want to see what I came up with?
Lark's Head Knot
This is one of the most simple ways to string a donut so it lies flat against your chest. Just double your stringing material (in this case, a sewn silk cord) and pass the fold through the donut hole. Weave the cord ends through the loop as it passes to the other side of the donut and pull tight.
This is an elegant way to hang any type of pendant. Cut two lengths of leather (or pleather, in this case) the length you'd like the necklace to be. Pass each through the donut hole and fold at the center. Coil 22-gauge wire around the four cords right above the donut. Add a clasp to the end of the loose cord or just knot them together behind the neck.
Monster Jump Ring
Looking for the ultimate in easy-peasy? Just pass a monster-sized jump ring through the donut hole to act as a bail. Then just use the jump rings to attach the donut to a chain or other cord. (This is the one the girls liked best.)
Do you have other ways you like to simply string a donut? Want even more ideas? Check out Best of Stringing: Simply Organic.