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How to Tie a Sliding Knot for Necklaces & Bracelets

How to Tie a Sliding Knot for Necklaces & Bracelets

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Tying a sliding knot is can be a little bit tricky but it's a really useful skill and looks very effective when done on leather or satin bead cord.

Here's how to get started:

1. Measure the desired length of your finished necklace or bracelet and double it (if you want the knots to sit closely together then triple it). Cut that length of cord and string on your beads.

2. Loop the cord into a circle. Grip the cord that's lying on top about 2cm from its end, make a fold so that the cord bends back onto itself (this will be your working cord). You'll have 3 cords side by side.

3. Loop the working cord around, to the back and underneath the other cords.

4. Wrap the working cord around the other cords again. Note that you're moving away from the bend, not towards it.

5. Make at least 2 more wraps as before. Be sure you're wrapping 2 cords, not just 1.

6. Pass the working cord's end through the wrappiong, exiting from the initial bend.

7. Pull the working cord's end to tighten the knot.

8. Turn the piece over. Repeat steps 2 to 7 to form a second knot.

9. Trim the cord ends close to the knots (if using satin cord you might like to seal the ends of the satin with a cigarette lighter). Slide the knots along the cord to open the piece.