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How to Make Hemp Jewelry

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Making Hemp Jewelry
  • What You Need to Get Started
  • How to Choose Hemp Twine
  • How to Choose Clasps and Beads
  • Helpful Tools
  • The Two Basic Knots
  • Making a Hemp Necklace Step by Step
  • Finishing Your Hemp Jewelry
  • Where to Learn More

Intro to Making Hemp Jewelry

Hemp is a durable fiber made from the cannabis plant. It has 100% legal to wear and create jewelry with, although it is not yet legal to grow in most areas of the USA. Most hemp twine is imported from China and is fairly rough. It is possible to make hemp yarn that is soft, much like linen, but that quality is rare. Still, no matter how rough, any hemp will soften with washing. If you want your hemp jewelry piece to stay stiff like when you made it, try not to take a shower with it. On the other hand, some people like a softer, more worn-in look that can be achieved with washing.

When you make hemp jewelry, you are most likely to use macrame techniques of knotting or braiding to make a thicker cord. This guide will teach you the most common knotting techniques that are used to make hemp jewelry.

What You Need to Make Hemp Jewelry

Required materials

Optional materials and tools

  • beading wax to smooth the twine
  • beads with large holes and/or charms
  • metal clasp and cord tips
  • jewelry pliers to attach metal cord tips & clasp
  • a way to hold the necklace in place while you create it (shop macrame tools)

Hemp jewelry making kits offer a selection of hemp twine and beads and are an easy way to get started.

Modmala – DIY mala necklace making kit. Oat/Oat with choice of lotus, infinity or om charm in silver or gold.

How to Choose Hemp Twine

To make hemp jewelry, you first need to select some hemp twine. Although hemp now comes in many colors, the signature “natural tan” color is still the most popular. Most hemp jewelry is made from 1mm or “20 lb” twine. However, thicker twines can be used to good effect, especially for men’s necklaces. Make sure your twine is an even thickness (not too many lumpy bits) and smooth (unless you like the rough texture).

Lime Green Hemp, Premium Quality Micro Hemp Cord .5mm / #10 / 205ft, Macrame Jewelry Cord, Hemp Jewelry String, Macrame Cord, Hemp (HC069)

You might want to waxing your hemp or buy already-waxed hemp, if you like a smoother look. Wax helps keep the hemp fibers from fraying and gives the finished piece a more uniform appearance.

Kumihimo Macrame Weaving Braiding Disc

How to Choose Clasps and Beads

You do not need any other supplies to make a hemp necklace. However, you may want to add some beads or charms to liven things up, and a metal clasp to make it easier to take on and off.

When selecting beads, you want to make sure they have large holes, so your hemp twine can go through them. Crow beads are a good option.

Natural Green Aquamarine Gemstone European Handmade Smooth Rondelle Big Hole Beads Large Hole Beads 8x14mm 5mm Hole 5 Pieces OK-82

There are many varieties of clasps, but lobster claw is one of the easiest to use and is very secure.

24pc Bronze Lobster Claw Clasps, Tiny 10x5mm Jewelry Clasps

The easiest way to attach a clasp is with metal cord tips. These go over the ends of cord, leather thong, or in this case, hemp. There are several types. The most popular two types are ones with metal flaps that bend over the cord, and ones with a coil, the bottom of which you crimp around your cord.

100 pcs Fold Cord Tips, Clasps, Ribbon Crimp End Caps – Fits 3.5mm – 304 Stainless Steel Cord Ends
10g/300pcs 2-4mm crimp connector, crimp bead, chain end, chain connector, crimp beads Clipers Bracelet Components

Helpful Tools

To attach metal clasps, you will need jewelry pliers.

Beadalon Chain Nose Pliers, Ergo Style

When you are making hemp jewelry, it really helps to have a means to hold it in place. One option is to safety pin it to your jeans or another stationary surface. Some people use clips of some kind and a book or board, or a specially designed macrame jewelry tool.

SpeedyJig Pro – Bracelet Kit and Jig to Easily Make Macrame Bracelets. Adjustable Steel Frame Made in The USA

The Two Basic Knots

Most hemp jewelry is made up of two basic knots, which are illustrated below. These knots are the reverse of each other.

If you alternate these two knots one after the other, you will get a flat pattern.If you repeat just one of the knots (either one) over and over again, you will get a spiral pattern that looks like a double-helix.

Making a Hemp Necklace

Plan Your Design
Cut Your Hemp

If you want a loop at one end of the piece (so you can use a button or knot clasp), cut only two pieces–one for the base and one for the knots. Make them twice as long as you would otherwise, fold them over, and tie a loop.

Knot Your Necklace

Finishing Your Hemp Jewelry

You have several options for clasps. Experiment and see what works for you!

Tie Ends
Button Toggle Clasp
Metal Clasp

Learn More

There are many great books about making hemp jewelry if you want to learn more!

Hemp macrame jewelry is easy to make doesn’t require a lot of extra tools. Learn how to make flat and spiral weave, how to add beads, and how to finish your necklace. ]]>