DIY Slipknot Necklace

Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques

| November 05, 2012

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Practical Jewelry-Making Techniques: Problem Solving (Firefly Books Ltd, 2012) by Stephen O’Keeffe offers DIY instruction on how beginning jewelry-makers can use simplified methods to create ornate pieces without compromising quality or presentation. Learn how to tie the right knot in order to secure your jewelry creations in this excerpt taken from the book’s chapter entitled, “The Slipknot Necklace” 

The Slipknot Necklace

Make your selection of beads and thread them onto a length of cord, in this case 1 mm leather. Tie a loose overhand knot on one end of the cord, and pass the other end of the cord through it. Tighten the knot just enough to allow the cord to slip through it to form a noose. Draw the noose to the size which will pass easily over the wearer’s head. Tie the loose end of the cord to the far side of the first knot, using the same overhand knot.

It will now be possible to pull on each knotted end, to shorten the necklace, leaving the knots lying at either side of the neck. A knot tied on each end after the slipknot will prevent the cord from slipping through the fingers.



The slipknot system can, of course, be used back to front, the double section of the cord passing through the pendant so that the slipknots lie out of sight at the back of the neck. In the example pictured at the top of the page both strands have been threaded with beads.

This kind of work can be confusing, so practice first with string; one end of this length has been dyed to make it easier to see how the system works.






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