I love Halloween! It’s probably my favorite holiday. Costumes, spooky decorations… candy! What’s not to like? For this tutorial, I used the Knot-A-Bead Tabletop Knotting tool by Beadalon for the first time with great results. I wanted to make a classic, yet Halloween centric piece that can be worn for years to come. Combining Peruvian ceramic eyeball beads with red and black crystals and adding the pearlescent white pearls for a ghostly touch. I love the finished result and can’t wait to wear it!
28pc – Swarovski Pearlescent White Pearl 8mm, 8CR613-P
10pc – Swarovski Round Jet 8mm, 8CR109
4pc – Swarovski Round Siam 10mm, 10CR245
5pc – Peru Ceramic Eyeball Bead 10.5mm, 10VN906
10pc – Tierracast Daisy Heishi 5mm Antique Silver, TC0421-AS
2pc – Bead Tip Double-cup Silver 3mm, FI135-ST
2pc – Tierracast Jump Ring 20 Gauge 4.5x6mm Silver Plating, TC0018-SP
1pc – Tierracast Toggle Anna Antique Silver 15.75m, TC6157-AS
1yd – Cord Waxed Linen Maroon 3ply, 3CH146-WL2
Beadalon Knot-A-Bead Tabletop Knotter Tool, FI436-KB
GS Hypo Cement, FI406
Complete supply list available HERE.
1) Cut 40 inches of waxed linen and pre-string all of your beads.
2) Using the Beadalon Knot-A-Bead knotting tool, make a knot between each of the beads. When knotting the eyeball bead, be sure to have the spacer next to the eyeball bead. The hole on the eyeball bead is larger than the knot. (Visit Beadalon.com to watch an instructional video on how to use the Knot-A-Bead. You can also watch me demonstrate the tool on Facebook.)
3) When you have successfully knotted between each bead, thread a double cup bead tip onto the thread. Using a pair of fine nose tweezers, place an overhand knot inside the bead tip. Add a drop of glue and trim the excess cord. (Images 2-6)
4) With a pair of chain nose pliers, gently close the bead tip. Using a pair of round nose pliers, close the loop of the bead tip. (Images 7-8)
5) Attach one side of the toggle clasp to the bead tip with a jump ring. (Images 9-10)
6) Repeat steps 3-5, above on the opposite side of the necklace to complete the piece. (Images 11-12)
I just adore this necklace! I will admit, that while I was pre-stringing them onto my cord, I wasn’t sure I would like the results but the tiny bit of color added by the knots was the perfect touch. Isn’t it amazing how something so small can make such a big difference?
Are you planning on making anything special for Halloween this year? My daughter has grand plans for her costume this year so we shall see how that all works out. I, myself, have not decided on a costume yet but after playing around with Hot Fix crystals on Wednesday, I want to put rhinestones on everything! Happy crafting beady friends!