I use variegated cord for this project.
The supplies you will need are as follows:
35 yards of variegated or other cord; 1 - 2 1/2" metal or wooden ring; at least 10 large beads; 1 - 8" piece of driftwood, cactus wood skeleton, manzanita burl, or grape root; 4 yards of fishing line; 8 chimes (bamboo, bells, or stoneware); 8 small eyelets (not needed for cactus skeleton)
Step 1 - Cut four cords 8 yards long, two 34" cords, and one 36" cord.
Step 2 - With the four 8 yard cords, make a square knot loop. Find the Left each cord and butterfly each end of the cord. With the 34" cords tie a Square Knot around all cords. Continue until you have 5" of square knots.
Step 3 - Place a 2 1/2 or 3 " metal or wood ring in the Left of the square knots and fold around the ring. Securing it and wrapping the ends of the square knot and wrap with 36" cord .
Step 4 - Using all 8 cords make a 10 half knots. Use 2 outer cords from each side and 4 inner cords as the core.
Step 5 - Divide the cords into 3 groups. ONE - the 2 left working cords and and one cord from the core. TWO - 2 of the core. THREE - the 2 right working cords and one from the core. With ONE and THREE make 10 square knots.
Step 6 - Place 2 beads on the TWO cords and tie an overhand knot to hold the beads in place.
Step 7 - Bringing the cords all together with the half knots on either side of the beaded cords forming a circle.
Step 8 - Make a spiral of 10 half knots in the same manner as above in Step 4.
Step 9 - Repeat Steps 5 through 8.
Step 10 - Repeat Steps 5 through 8.
Step 11 - Divide cords in 2 groups of 4 cords each, With each group tie a square knot tight against the half knots, using 2 cords for core and 2 working cords. Tie 4 reversing square knots, reversing working and core cords for these square knots. Make at least four of these and then you are ready to tie the "Drift wood", Cactus wood, grape root or Manzanita burl into to your hanger. I use a piece 8" in length.
Step 12 - Bring 2 cords around each side of the wood and make 2 square knots to hold it securely.
Step 13 - Again make four reversing square knots with the cords.
Step 14 - Place beads on the remaining ends of the cord securing them with overhand knots.
Step 15 - Drill holes in the driftwood to insert eyelets and hang from it different lengths of dried bamboo or bells for your noise makers. Use fishing line to secure these.
With each group of four cords using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Make a loop. Place end through loop and pull to tighten.
Reversing Square Knot
Using the outer cords as working cords and inner cords as the core cords. Place working cord to the left over core cords and under working cord on right. Place working cords on right under core cords and up through loop in left working cord. Place Left working cord over core cords and under Right working cord. Place Right working cord under core cords and through loop in Left working cord. Tighten cords. Now using inner cords as working cords and outer cords as core cords create reversing square knot.
Using the outer cords as working cords and inner cords as the core cords. Place working cord to the left over core cords and under working cord on right. Place working cords on right under core cords and up through loop in left working cord. Place Left working cord over core cords and under Right working cord. Place Right working cord under core cords and through loop in Left working cord. Tighten cords.
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