After my succesful necklace makeover experiment, I thought I'd try making another chunky necklace. I had some black leather cord which I thought would be ideal. The main limitation was the thickness of the cord, but I found a nice collection of beads with big enough holes. I threaded and knotted away happily until the cord snapped.
Drat! If I get thicker cord, it won't fit through the beads. Maybe I can try something with wire.