Now available! - Christmas Tree Earrings Collection

Now available! - Christmas Tree Earrings Collection
Add a touch of magic to your holiday outfits with festive Christmas earrings. I’ve gathered together 12 of my all-time best Christmas Tree earring designs from previous years in this one special ebook. From traditional to modern, you’ll find a variety of styles, techniques and materials and something for every level of jewellery-maker.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Sliding Knot - More than Just a Knot

One of the most practical knots you'll learn to tie when working with leather cord is the sliding knot. It's also known as a coil knot or a barrel knot because of its shape. It eliminates the need for a clasp and end caps on bracelets and necklaces and is a great way to lengthen and shorten necklaces to suit your neckline.

But it's way more than just a means of making adjustable jewellery - it's very versatile and it can be used in so many ways to add interest to your leather cord jewellery.


Take a look at some of the many different ways it can be used and then scroll down to see how to tie a barrel knot.


Use it to secure beads in the centre of bracelet or necklace.


In this example, a barrel knot on either side of the focal beads keeps them from working their way around to the back of the bracelet.

Use barrel knots as a decorative element to add interest to a plain cord



This necklace uses white barrel knots to give the plain black stringing cord some interest, without taking away from the focal beads.



On this bracelet, the barrel knots are trimmed longer and at an angle to represent barbed wire.

Use a barrel knot to create a loop for hanging components


Create a loop in leather cord to hang from an earring wire. Then thread the cord with beads and knot to secure.

Barrel knots used on multi cord jewellery create groupings of beads


Create clusters of beads by stringing one bead on each cord and then securing them all in place with a barrel knot.

Create a link connector


Create a loop, string a bead and then create another loop and you have a link that you can connect to other components.


Learn How to tie a Sliding Knot

Keep an eye out for some tutorials on how to make these pieces in upcoming weeks  but in the meantime, check out this short video from Silver Creek Leather which shows you how easy it is to tie a sliding knot.



'Til next time.....



            




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