No one likes to lose an earring, but it happens to everyone. If you lose a dangle earring, remove the lobe wire and use the charm to make a necklace. The example shown was made with waxed cotton cord, wood beads and macramé knots for square knots and half hitch.
To learn how to tie these knots, visit http://www.free-macrame-patterns.com/learn-macrame.html. A video demonstrating granny knots can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeVb8Bms3uw.
A clip board is a useful tool to hold the necklace as you work. Another method is to tape the earring to a table, or pin it to a piece of card board.
The first step is to decide how long to cut the cords. Hold one end of the cord where the front of the necklace will hang. Wrap the cord around your neck to the nape of your neck, to the vertebrae where the clasp will be. Add six to ten inches to that measurement, and then double it. Cut two cords this length for the filler cords. Multiply that measurement by three and cut two cords that length for the tying cords.
Pass all four cords through the top of the earring, and fold in half. Tie a square knot around the filler cords using the tying cords. Add a large wood bead to the filler cords and tie another square knot above the bead.
Separate the filler cords and tying cords evenly to make two sides for the necklace. Tie two square knots on each side. Add three medium beads to the filler cords on each side and tie a square knot in between each bead. Add seven small wood beads to each set of filler cords and tie five square knots between each bead.
On one side of the necklace, tie half hitch knots using one tying cord. Tie until the side is two inches less than the original chest to nape measurement. Separate the filler cords and tie one inch of half hitches on each side to make a button hole. Pull the sides together and tie three square knots. Separate the filler cords and tie one more inch of half hitch knots on each side to make a second button hole. This will allow the wearer to adjust the length of the necklace. Pull the sides together and tie two more square knots. Tie all the cords into an overhand knot and trim the ends.
On the other side of the necklace, tie half hitch knots using one tying cord until it is one inch less than the length of the other side.. Add a large wooden bead to all four cords. Bend the ends around, leaving a one inch space between the bead and the last knot. Tie all the cords into an overhand knot. Place all but one cord end on top of the other cords and tie half hitch knots until it fills in the space between the bead and the last knot. The method used to whip the end of a rope can also be used to cover the ends of the cord.
Trim off the extra cord and adjust the knots to cover up the ends.