Hem cord provides a sturdy and natural material for homemade jewelry. Hemp is used in straight, single cords for some jewelry crafts but often it is braided or knotted in a process called macrame. Both braiding and macrame require more than one piece of cord per jewelry piece and the cords need to be longer than the finished piece will be, as the knotting and braiding process shortens the overall length.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Hemp cord
Measure your wrist, neck or ankle where the jewelry will be worn.
Double the number of inches you measured with a calculator if you are braiding or using a macrame technique. If you are using a single strand of hemp, without altering it with knots and braids, do not multiply it.
Measure a length of hemp cord that fits your calculated number and cut it about 1 inch longer than the number. This will leave plenty of room for clasps or end-knots.
Calculate the length of your final two strands by multiplying the length of the first strand of hemp cord by three. This is only needed for braiding or knotting. If you are using a single strand, you can begin making your jewelry with the first strand alone.
Measure and cut two strands of cord to fit the tripled measurement. These strands should be placed on either side of the first strand when you begin knotting. The center, shorter strand will remain stationery.
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