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Brass-Nut Necklace

Common brass hex nuts and wing nuts rise above their status as hardware-store staples to become beautiful beads strung on a natural cotton cord necklace.

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 48-inch piece of 1/16-inch cotton cable cord

  • Two 1/16-inch aluminum sleeves

  • All-purpose clear-drying white glue

  • Two small brass wing nuts

  • 14 M5-size brass hex nuts

  • Scissors


  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. Thread both cord ends together through nuts in the following sequence: wing nut (through winged side), all 14 hex nuts, wing nut (through circular side).

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

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

  5. Thread remaining cord end through the loop you formed with the first aluminum sleeve in step 1.

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

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