Southwestern Lariat Necklace (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This lariat necklace is made from three elements of classic Southwestern style – turquoise, copper, and leather.

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s a simple design that makes a big impression.

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s also versatile – you can wear this one necklace in three different lengths, depending on how far you slide the briolettes away from the donut:

3 Ways to Wear Your Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The briolette dangles don’t fit through the donut hole.

Instead, the cord is long enough for you to put the necklace on over your head, and then adjust the necklace length by sliding the cord through the donut hole.

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Donut bead.
    My donut is 35mm wide, with a 9mm hole.
    Make sure the donut’s hole can accommodate 4 strands of your leather cord.
    Donut bead for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 2 briolette or teardrop beads.
    My briolettes are glass beads, about 14mm x 12mm.
    Your briolette beads do NOT need to fit through your donut hole (mine don’t fit).
    Briolette beads for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Copper Artistic wire (or craft wire, or regular copper wire) – soft round wire, 20 gauge.
    You’ll need 2 pieces of wire, each 10″ (25.5 cm) long.
    (Make sure your wire will fit through your briolette bead holes.)
    Copper artistic wire for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • 2 jump rings, large enough to accommodate one strand of your leather cord plus a little extra room to spare.
    Jump rings for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Leather cord – 60″ (152.5cm) long.
    I used 2mm wide, round leather cord in “Natural” color.
    Leather cord for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
  • Wire cutter.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.
  • Round nose pliers.

How to Make a
Southwestern Lariat Necklace:

We’re going to start by wire-wrapping our briolette beads.

Tip:
You can also see my video on How to Wire Wrap a Briolette Bead.

Cut your 2 pieces of wire, 10″ (25.5 cm) long:

Wires for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll work on one briolette at a time.

Pick up one of your wires, and place your flat nose pliers about 2″ (51mm) from one end of the wire:

Bending wire for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to make a bend that’s a little sharper than 90-degrees – so that your wire looks like this:

Bent wire for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll add a briolette bead to the wire.

The instructions for each step are below this photo:

Wire wrapping a briolette bead for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Photo 1:
    String one of your briolette beads onto the long end of your wire, so that the 2″ (51mm) wire end sticks up above the top of your bead.
  • Photo 2:
    Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the long wire end right next to your bead, and bend the long wire upward until your wires cross above the tip of your bead.
  • Photo 3:
    Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the longer wire end just above where it crosses the shorter wire. Bend the longer wire so that it now points straight upward.
  • Photo 4:
    Use your chain nose pliers to grasp the shorter wire end, right where it crosses the longer wire. Bend the shorter wire so that it now makes a 90-degree angle with the longer wire.

Now we’ll wrap the shorter wire end around the longer wire end.

The instructions for each step are below this photo:

Wire wrapping a briolette bead for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Photo 1:
    Use your chain nose pliers to grip both wires, between the top of the bead and the place where the wires cross. Use your flat nose pliers to grip the end of the shorter wire.
  • Photo 2:
    Use your flat nose pliers to wrap the shorter wire around the longer wire, for a total of 2 or 3 wraps. You’ll get the smoothest, best wraps if you keep your shorter wire pulled taut, wrapping firmly as you go.
  • Photo 3:
    Use your wire cutter to clip off the remaining end of your shorter wire. Cut the wire as close as possible to the wraps you just made.
  • Photo 4:
    Now your wire and briolette bead should look like this.

Now we’ll make a wrapped wire loop above the wraps you just made – and then we’ll wrap the wire down to cover the top of the briolette bead.

The instructions for each step are below this photo:

Wire wrapping a briolette bead for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Photo 1:
    With the tips of your round nose pliers, grip your wire above the wire wraps you made. Bend your wire over the top of your plier jaw.
  • Photo 2:
    Move your pliers to grip the longer end of your wire, right next to the bend you just made. Then wrap the wire around your plier jaw to form a loop, with the long wire end pointing straight out in back.
  • Photo 3:
    Now use your flat nose pliers to grip the wire loop you just made. Start wrapping your long wire below the loop you just made.
  • Photo 4:
    Keep wrapping smoothly around your other wires, working downward toward your bead. When you have a small tail of wire left, use your flat nose pliers to squeeze gently down on the wire wraps you just made.

Tip:
You can also see my quick video on How to Make a Wire Wrapped Loop.

Next, use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of your wire tail:

Wire wrapping a briolette for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Curve the wire around your plier jaw to make a little curve or open spiral:

Wire Wrapped Briolette for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now wire wrap your second briolette bead the same way, so that your beads look like this:

Pair of wire wrapped briolette beads for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Twist open your jump rings, and place a jump ring through each briolette’s wire loop:

Wire wrapped briolettes with jump rings for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now cut your leather cord to 60″ (152.5cm) long:

Cut leather cord for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

If your leather cord keeps curling up:
See my quick tip for How to Straighten Leather Cord.

Once your leather cord is straight, find the midpoint of the cord.

Fold the cord in half so the two ends are together.

Now move the fold about 1.5 to 2 inches (38 to 51mm) to one side of the midpoint – so that one end of your cord is 1.5 to 2 inches (38 to 51mm) longer than the other side:

Staggered leather cord ends for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’re going to attach the cord to your donut bead with a lark’s head knot.

Start by threading the folded end of the cord through the hole in your donut bead:
Making larks head knot for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then pull both ends of the cord through the folded cord loop, and pull the cords tight to make a firm knot around your donut:

Making larks head knot for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now pass both ends of your cord through the hole in your donut, like this:

Pass cord ends through donut bead for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now it’s time to attach the wire-wrapped briolette beads to the cord ends.

Thread the jump ring of one briolette onto one of the cord ends:

Attach briolette to cord end for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Tie the cord end around the jump ring in a simple overhand knot:

Tying a overhand knot for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and pull the knot as tight as you can (you can use your flat nose pliers to pull firmly on the little cord end):
Tying a overhand knot for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Tie the other wire-wrapped briolette onto the remaining end of your cord.

Now they should look like this, with one briolette hanging 1.5 to 2 inches (38 to 51mm) higher than the other:

Briolette lariat ends for Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To put your necklace on, pull the cords so that the briolettes are close to the donut:

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Slip the necklace over your head, and then pull the briolettes downward so the the donut rests at your preferred necklace length.

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Southwestern Lariat Necklace - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Cynthia says:

    Excellent, thorough instructions. I have all the elements needed to make this, and I plan on doing so this evening. Thank you!

  2. I love it! Gonna do this, now that I know what to do with that donut I’ve been hoarding! Thanks Rena

  3. Evelyn says:

    Rena, you continue to amaze me with your great designs and your generosity in sharing them. I do not work with leather but this lariat hits my hot button and I am going to make one. Thank you, thank you!

  4. I’m always concerned my finishes will come undone. What is the best way to make the knots very tight and secure? Thank you. Lovely tutorial.

  5. Great instructions. Very cohesive and thorough.

  6. Very nice tutorial! I’ve been wire wrapping for 12 years and just love to learn new tips and tricks. I’ve signed up for your newsletter and want to thank you for sharing such high quality work!

  7. Lyn Swan says:

    Rena,
    As always clearly stated instructions, elegant and simple design. Your tutorials have helped me greatly with my jewelry making endeavors. Thank you for so generously sharing your expertise.

  8. I love this, Rena! Turquoise has always been a favorite of mine and your jewelry is so unique and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning

  9. beautiful! awesome tute!

  10. A great project! Your tutorial is easy to follow…. I know what I will be doing tonight… Thank you!
    Best,
    Brooke

  11. Cynthia Landrie says:

    What a beautiful and unique necklace! This would make such a perfect gift.

  12. This is absolutely beautiful! Perfect tutorial also. I love this necklace!

  13. Excellent instructions! I’ll be bookmarking to make some of these for Christmas! Thank you!

  14. Love this – the colors are just perfect.

  15. This necklace is beautiful. While I usually stick to quilt-making and don’t do jewelry, this tutorial is so well written and photographed, that I am confident I could make one. Thank you for the excellent tutorial.

  16. Great necklace! And great instructions too! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hey, Rena, Love this. PINNED TWICE. 🙂 I really like it. Linda

  18. Nice 🙂

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