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I'm Andrea,'s senior designer.

Today I'm going to talk about the different varieties of knots in jewelry making and I'm going to show you how to

use them.

The first knot to talk about today is just the Simple Knot.

The Simple Knot, almost everybody knows how to do this.

You just take the two ends of your cord cross them.

Put one end through the loop

and you tie.

That's the Simple Knot also known as Overhand Knot.

The next knot

is the Double Knot or the Square Knot.

You start with a Simple Knot.

You're just going to make another one on top of that.

Then you pull tight.

That's a Double or a Square Knot.

The third knot is called a Surgeon's Knot.

Once again

you begin with a Simple Knot.

You go through one more time.

Then you make another Simple Knot

on top of that

and you pull tight.

That's the Surgeons Knot.

All three of those knots are very helpful

when finishing bracelets or necklaces or beadwork.

The next two knots that I'm going to talk about can be used in conjunction.

The first one

is called a Lark's Head Knot.

Lark's Head Knot is

most commonly used for hanging

donut pendants

or any kind of pendant with a large hole in the middle.

You're going to double up your cord

and you're gonna insert

the center of the cord,

the loop,


the center of the donut.

You're going to bring

the other

part of your cord

through that loop

and you're going to pull tight.

And that's a Lark's Head Knot.

Now to finish this necklace,

you can use a Sliding Knot on the other end

in place of a clasp.

To do that

overlap the two ends of your cord


four or five inches.

And you're basically

going to

make a Simple Knot around the opposite side of the cord.

So you take one end,

you go around

and you're just going to tie a Simple Knot.

Then you're going to do the same

on the other side.

You're going to pull tight.

Now you can pull on either side of the necklace

to tighten those two knots.

Now it's adjustable.

And that's a Sliding Knot. Go to for all of your beading supply needs!

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