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How to Make a Sliding Knot?

How to Make a Sliding Knot?

A sliding knot is a handy an neat way to finish your jewelry. Because you can adjust it it is very handy knot tu use when you sell jewelry because then you don’t have to make a bunch of different sizes of the same piece. You mostly see it used for bracelets but you can also use it to tie necklaces. The sliding knot is mostly used with waxed or suede cord.

There are different ways to make a sliding knot

1. Sliding Knot Macrame Shamballa Style

macrame sliding knot

This technique is used in Shamballa bracelets. A good way to finish your macrame bracelets of bracelets made with waxed cord. You can find the full tutorial of this knot on  the blog of Smitten by a Knot.

If you prefer a video tutorial we found this one from Potomac Bead company, in the video they use bead stoppers but you can easily use a piece of scotch to keep the threads together.

2. Sliding Knot with Multiple Loops

how to make a sliding knot

In this video you can see how to make this sliding knot with multiple loops.

In the Etsy shop of Bespangled Beads you can buy the materials to make this bracelet and lots of other materials to make your own jewelry.

3. Sliding Knot with 1 Loop

This technique looks allot like the one above, except it’s made with one loop instead of multiple. In this example we made use of 1mm waxed cord.

Deze techniek lijkt veel op die in bovenstaand filmpje maar is dan met een enkele lus gedaan in plaats van meerdere. In dit armbandje wordt gebruik gemaakt van 1mm waxkoord.

sliding knot tutorial

1. Put the ends of yuor bracelet on the table as in photo 1

2. Cut a piece of waxed cord of about 10 centimeter and make a loop around both ends of the bracelet.

3. Take the left thread and make another loop around the bracelet ends.

4. String the left cord through both loops you just made.

5-6. Pull both ends of the 10cm waxed cord to make a sliding knot.

sliding knot finish

Cut the remaining pieces of the waxed cord, leave about half a centimeter on both sides and carefully burn both ends with a lighter. That’s your sliding knot finished!

You can finish the other ends of the bracelet with a bead and knot or simply a knot.

Different knots for different styles of jewelry. All the techniques can be used the same for bracelets or necklaces.

Although it may look a bit complicated, you will see after a couple of tries these knots are easy to make.

What do you think?

What is your favourite technique to use? Do you make your own jewelry?

Feel free to leave a link to your site and social media in the comments, we love to see what you are making!

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