Free Beading Project: Knotted Freshwater Pearl and Lucite Bead Necklace

Among the treasures I brought back with me from the Tucson gem and mineral shows were these gorgeous vintage Lucite beads from The Beadin' Path. I love the colors and textures of the vintage Lucite beads, and the deep, rich red and gold swirls of these made them irresistible to me! When I received my order of some of the new large holed freshwater pearls, I knew right away that they would look fabulous paired with the Lucite beauties, knotted on a length of buttery leather cord.


  • (12) Vintage Lucite round beads, approx. 20mm
  • (14) Large holed freshwater pearls, approx. 10mm
  • 5 feet leather cord, tan or camel, 2mm
  • Button with large shank for closure
  • Glue (optional)


  • Scissors for cutting leather (don't use your embroidery scissors!)
  • Beading awl

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:

Tie the button to one end of the cord with two overhand knots, leaving approximately 2 inches for a tail.

Add a drop of glue to the knot, if desired.

Step 2:

String on a pearl and tie an overhand knot. Use the beading awl to push the knot close to the pearl.

String on a Lucite bead and tie another overhand knot. Use the beading awl to push the knot close to the bead.

Repeat until you have used up all the Lucite beads and 13 of the large holed freshwater pearls.

Step 3:

String on the last large holed freshwater pearl.

Make a loop large enough to fit comfortably over the button, not not so large that it slips off easily.

Tie an overhand knot at the base of the loop to secure. Add a drop of glue to the last knot, if desired.

Trim any excess leather, leaving a short (1 inch or less) tail.


If you make this free beading project, take a picture of your creation and post it in the Reader Photo Gallery for us to see!

Bead Happy,


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