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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.

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart


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

  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. 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.

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