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Spaced-Hex-Nut Necklace

Your local hardware store is a surprising source for the supplies to make this delicate necklace. A length of cotton cord is the base, tiny steel hex nuts become beads, and an S-hook serves as the closure.




  • 20-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord
  • Two 1/16-inch aluminum sleeves
  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue
  • Five M4-size steel hex nuts
  • Scissors
  • 1/8-inch S-hook


  1. Step 1


    Fold cord in half so ends meet. Push folded end of cord through one end of aluminum sleeve until a 1/4-inch loop forms on the other side. Glue around sleeve edges to secure cord and allow to dry.

  2. Step 2

    Thread both cord ends together through the hex nuts one by one, spacing them out at even intervals approximately 2 1/2 inches apart. 

  3. Step 3

    Thread both cord ends together through remaining aluminum sleeve until 1/2 inch of each cord appears through the other side.

  4. Step 4

    Trim one of the cords, and pull the sleeve back over it slightly until the cut end is hidden halfway inside the sleeve; add glue inside the sleeve to secure the cord. Allow to dry.

  5. Step 5

    Add more glue inside the second aluminum sleeve where the cord end is hidden and insert remaining cord end to meet the other and create a second loop Allow to dry.

  6. Step 6

    Check placement of the hex nuts. Once you are satisfied, add a drop of glue to secure them in place. Allow to dry.

  7. Step 7

    Hook loops onto ends of S-hook.



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