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Category: Jewellery Making

How to tie the easiest bracelet knot clasp

30th July 2017

A knotted clasp bracelet is one of the easiest types of bracelets to make, beaten only by a stretchy bracelet but it is also one that people tend to steer away from as they think tying a knotted expanding clasp is difficult.

Actually this type of clasp is really easy when you know how and you can use it for a huge variety of different designs so have a go at learning how to tie this clasp because you will extend your jewellery making possibilities overnight plus saving you money as all you need is cord and your chosen bead/s rather than a clasp.

There are loads of different methods and types but this one is a super simple version and means you can make bracelets in minutes rather than fiddling around with tricky or expensive clasps. I’m writing this on a very soggy day in Shropshire but these also make gorgeous festival bracelets which you can layer and make in a smorgasbord of different designs.

Choosing the right cord for the job

Cotton reelsRound waxed cotton cord works best for these sorts of clasps and you can now get it in loads of different thicknesses and colours. For the bracelets pictured I used a 1mm thick waxed cotton cord.

 

Tying the Clasp

Step 1

Cut your cord – You need about 45cm of cord but play around with the sizing a bit because you might find you need more or less depending on which beads you use and the size of the wrist you are making the bracelet for, the amount I have given is basically just for a very small bead with two containing knots, the knotted clasp knots and a medium-ish size wrist.

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Step 2

Add your beads to the middle of the bracelet and add an overhand knot each side of them to keep them where you want them. You can also knot them in along the bracelet but remember if you are doing this then you will need to add more cord at the start. I’ve just used a button and a leaf to help demonstrate.

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Step 2 – Add your bead/s to the centre of the bracelet or along the piece you want to be at the front on your wrist.

 

Step 3

Tie an overhand knot at both of the cord ends, you can knot a small bead on here first for decoration if you like.

button step 3
Step 3 – knot both ends of the cord.

 

Step 4

Now overlap the two ends so one end is going the one way and the other laying in the opposite direction. Now using one of the ends go underneath the other cord and tie a simple overhand knot around the cord leaving a small tail and pull tight but not so tight that it won’t slide. You can check you have got it right at this point by trying to slide the knot up and down the cord. You will now have what looks like a long loop at the end of a piece of cord.

Stage 4 button
Step 4
Stage 4 leaf
Step 4

 

Step 5

Now do the same on the other side by looping the remaining long cord end around a section of the loop and again tie and overhand knot with a small tail.

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Step 5

 

Step 6

You should now be able to slide both knots up and down the loop meaning that whatever size wrist you are making the bracelet for it will be a perfect fit.

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“Open clasp”
open finished bracelet
“Closed clasp”

 

I hope you have found this useful and can use it to make inexpensive and gorgeous bracelets galore!

Please send in pictures of your completed bracelets I’d love to see them!

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(Originally posted on the 30th July 2017 on our original blog site Cre8ty)

 

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