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Graduated Hex Nut Necklace

Take a second look at these shiny faceted beads -- in another life they are steel hex nuts found at any hardware store, but they transform into a modern, minimalist necklace when strung upon cotton rope. You can easily make your own version in minutes with just a few basic supplies.




  • 26-inch piece of 3/16-inch cotton rope
  • Six M8-size silver hex nuts
  • Two M10-size steel hex nuts
  • One M12-size steel hex nut
  • 5-inch piece of cotton string
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue


  1. Step 1


    Thread hex nuts onto rope in the following sequence: three M8-size hex nuts, one M10-size hex nut, one M12-size hex nut, one M10-size hex nut, three M8-size hex nuts.

  2. Step 2

    Loop the rope so the ends meet and overlap by about 1 inch.

  3. Step 3

    Tightly wrap the overlapped ends of the rope with string to bind them together. Add a few dabs of glue to the string to secure and allow to dry.

  4. Step 4

    Once the glue is dry, slide the nuts around to the bound rope ends and center the largest one to conceal the binding so the necklace looks closure-free.



Reviews (1)

  • AndrewCampbell 16 Dec, 2013

    It is good to see nuts being used as silver accessories. A friend is into using everyday silver items and convert these into accessories for home and individuals. Once I saw some small silver buttons that were used to accessories antique rings and necklaces.