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Dip-Dyed Knotted Rope Necklace

Yours can be made in any style of braid or knot, and in any color combination for a soft ombré effect. Pair this summer statement accessory with a flowy dress for a beachy bohemian look, or wear with a white shirt for that perfect statement piece.

Photography: Enthralling Gumption

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Marwa Hayat of Enthralling Gumption. "It is a fun project that you can try this summer with various color combinations and types of knots," she says.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Handmade Necklaces.

materials

  • Rope
  • Liquid dye in 2 colors
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Superglue
  • Tape
  • Necklace hardware (lobster claw, link chain, jump rings, and end caps)

steps

  1. Cut a single strand of 27 inches of rope. Fold it in half and place one side of the rope over the other creating a loop. Then, insert that same end from beneath the loop and stretch out to create a knot all the while maintaining the knot's position right in the middle.
  2. Prepare a bowl of blue dye as per the instruction of your package. Dip the knot into the paint and let it soak in the dye bath almost half way through the length. Remove the rope from within five minutes and place it on some paper towels to remove excess.
  3. Invert the rope and now dip the other end into a prepared pink dye bath. (Tip: It's okay if the colors slightly blend, as this creates a natural ombré look.)
  4. Pat the colored rope down with a paper towel and let it dry for at least a day. (Tip: Using a hair-dryer can quicken the dry time.)
  5. Cut out the fringe of the ropes and mask them with tape (this will make it easier to insert the end caps).
  6. Apply glue to your rope endings and insert your end caps. Make sure the ropes are of the same length.
  7. Make a link of three with jump rings each for both sides. And attach it to the end caps to join them together. On one side, attach the link chain and on the other, attach the lobster claw.

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