Please watch the video for braiding techniques which are not be covered in this companion handout. To begin building this design, you will need 3 strands of 4 ply linen (90 inches each) and 1 strand of 2 ply (90 inches long). Bring all four strands through the button holes, jump ring or button shank and tie them together in an overhand knot as seen in the video. Add a drop of glue into the knot before you continue. Let the Hypo-tube Cement dry before you cut the ends with wire cutters. Now you are ready to secure your project to a smooth surface with tape and begin braiding.
As you braid, string on some of your gemstones and hex beads on the 2 Ply strand. You may have gemstones that don?t fit the waxed linen. If none of them fit, you need to rethink your bead selection. If most of them fit, save the really small-holed ones for another project. As Nicole shows in the video, the gemstone and hex strand stays with its partner throughout the project.
Hanging a Pendant: Nicole has used a fairly substantial pendant which will add some stress over time to the linen. In order to slow the erosion process down, she has tied an overhand knot on each side. These knots keep the ring of the pendant in one place not allowing it to slip and slide back and forth on the linen, which causes the thread fibers to break down too quickly. A lightweight or small pendant or charm does not necessarily need knots on either side. In fact, if the charm is too small, the knot may overwhelm your design.
Finishing With a Button Loop: When you are nearing your finished length, braid about 5 more inches. You want enough braid to work with as you prepare to create a loop to fit your button. You also want at least 1/2 inch of braid free of gemstones so they are always clear of the button when you open and close the necklace to wear it. Having gemstones too close to the metal button can cause them to crack.Fit just enough braid to create a loop which will work with the size of your button. Once that is done, separate the ends of your linen and tie a square knot around the braid.To make sure the knot is secure, separate each thread and gently pull on it to tighten down the knot. Add a drop of glue as you close the knot down and allow it to dry. Cut the excess with wire cutters.The photo on the right is the companion 17 inch coral and labradorite necklace which has used the same techniques as Patience. For a 17 inch necklace, Nicole used 3 strands of 4 Ply Coral Waxed Linen 36 inches each and 1 strand of 2 Ply Natural Waxed Linen also 36 inches in length.