This project got its start when I recently unpacked a bit more of my studio and unearthed my box of yarn. Two yarns grabbed my attention right away and I knew they were perfect for a Diva board project. They are balls of yarn I've had in my stash for years, so I apologize that I don't know the exact names of them, but any fancy ribbon yarns will work well.
24" of Red Jasper .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
24" of Black Onyx .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
24" of Bronze .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
50" of rust/orange 1/2" ribbon yarn with frayed edges
50" of black/cream/bronze 1/4" ribbon yarn
2 Champagne 4mm CZ rondelles
2 Black 4mm CZ rondelles
13 brass 7mm pineapple beads
1 brass 22mm "believe" ring
1 brass 9x14mm spiral hook
3 brass 1 1/2" 24-gauge head pins
1 brass 2" 22-gauge eye pin
1 brass 9.5mm etched jump ring
4 gold-filled 2mm crimp tubes
The Diva Custom Cord Maker
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
Finished size: 7 3/4"
Note: For more specific instructions on using the Diva Custom Cord Maker, click here.
Step 1: Use 1 bobbin to string the Red Jasper Wire. Use 1 bobbin to string the Black Onyx wire. Use 1 bobbin to string the Bronze wire. Use the Bronze wire to string 12 brass pineapple beads. Place a Bead Stopper on the end of the Bronze wire. Use 1 bobbin to string 24" of 1/2" ribbon. Repeat. Use 1 bobbin to string 24" of 1/4" ribbon. Repeat.
Step 2: Remove the Bead Stopper. Use all three wire ends to string 1 crimp tube. Place the tube about 3" from the ends of the wires and crimp.
Step 3: Use all four ribbon ends to tie an overhand knot around the crimp tube.
Step 4: Follow manufacturers instructions to place the wires and ribbons on the Diva board. Braid the wires and ribbons together for 5 1/2" or until all the brass pineapple beads are used, making sure to place 1 brass pineapple bead into the braid every time the brass wire is moved around the Diva board.
Step 5: Remove the wires and ribbons from the bobbins. Use all three wire ends to string 1 crimp tube. Snug the tube at the very end of the braid, and crimp.
Step 6: Use the ribbon ends to tie an overhand knot around the crimp tube.
Step 7: Carefully cut the Black Onyx wire ends and the Red Jasper wire ends from the ends of the braid. Use 1 Bronze wire end to string 1 crimp tube and the brass "believe" ring. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Trim the wire end. Divide the ribbons in half and use them to tie a square knot around the crimp tube. Trim the ribbon ends to about 1/2". Use 1 1/2" of the 1/4" ribbon to tie a surgeon's knot around the brass ring on one side of the beading wire. Repeat on the other side of the beading wire. Attach the etched jump ring to the brass "believe" ring.
Step 8: Use the remaining Bronze wire end to string 1 crimp tube and the brass hook. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Trim the wire end. Divide the ribbons in half and use them to tie a square knot around the crimp tube. Trim the ribbon ends to about 1/2".
Step 9: Use 1 head pin to string 1 black CZ rondelle and form a wrapped loop. Repeat. Use 1 head pin to string 1 champagne CZ rondelle and form a wrapped loop. Attach the eye pin to the three dangles just formed. Use the eye pin to string 1 brass pineapple bead and 1 champagne CZ rondelle; form a wrapped loop that attaches to the loop of the brass hook.
See, that was easy, right? I love the way the 1/2" ribbon conceals parts of the brass pineapple beads now and then along the braid - so pretty. Enjoy!
Brass beads and findings from Vintaj Natural Brass.
Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company and co-author, with Sara Hardin Oehler, of Show Your Colors. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.