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How to Make an Adjustable Bracelet Knot


This year for Father's Day I'm posting instructions to make two easy jewelry gifts for Dad. The basic instructions for both can be modified for a bracelet or necklace. Changing the raw materials up somewhat will also make these designs suitable for woman.

Only basic supplies and materials are needed. No soldering required and these instructions are easy enough for children to make with adult supervision. First up - learn how to make an adjustable knot bracelet.

1. Beaded Sliding Knot Bracelet

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These beaded bracelets have been very popular over the past few years. Recently, I've seen Johnny Galecki, Johnny Depp and Justin Bieber sporting these easy to make and wear bracelets.

The hardest part of making the bracelet is matching your beads to the width of your stringing material. If you are a beading beginner, round large-holed beads are your best bet. Luckily Michael's or Hobby Lobby has a wide assortment of beads. For the stringing material use knotting cord, hemp, yarn or any other material you see that looks like it will work. Soup to nuts this bracelet should not take more than thirty minutes to make.

If you want to select gemstone beads based on their mind/body/spirit properties, check out my gemstone properties page.

2. Laying Out the Cording

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After stringing your beads, tie an overhand knot on each side of the beads. It should be tight but not bunchy. Then lay the ends of the cord side-by-side. For this example, I'm using string and blue yarn to provide some contrast. Although, please note, for the sake of this illustration I have not placed beads on the string.

If you're not familiar with the basics of stringing beads, check out About.com's Guide to Jewelry Making, Tammy Powley's articles about the basics of stringing beads and bead string material

3. Making the First Adjustable Knot

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To make the adjustable knot, cut a piece of your stringing material (my blue yarn) about 12 inches long. I'm going to walk you through forming the loops. As you can see, one end of the blue yarn is pointing up and to the right and one is pointing down and to the left.

The top blue section is placed on top of the two bracelet cords and under the blue loop. The bottom section is placed under the two bracelet cords and over the blue loop. You can click on the image to enlarge it.

4. Making The Second Adjustable Knot

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For the second knot, the top section of the blue yarn forms a loop that is sits over the two bracelet cords. The bottom section of the knot material forms a loop that goes over the top blue section, under the two bracelet cords and under, then over the top blue looped section. You can click on the image to enlarge it.

5. Finishing the Adjustable Knot

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Repeat the first and second knotting instructions until your knot is at least 1/2 inch long. Tie an overhand knot on either side of the blue knotting material and trim close to the knot. Glue the overhand knots in place with some quick-set glue.

Caution: Be careful to not get any glue on the bracelet cords. If you do, the bracelet cords will not slide back and forth, defeating the purpose of the adjustable knot.

If your bracelet cord tails are excessively long, trim them equally on both sides. Place a bead on either end of the bracelet cords, tie an overhand knot on each end of the bracelet cords and secure in place with a dot of quick-set glue.

6. Example of a Mala Bracelet


These adjustable bracelet knots can be used to make mala bracelets which are used to keep count when meditating or praying. This image is a men's mala bracelet made with rosewood beads.

Next, check out my instructions for using jump ring pliers to make a St. Christopher necklace.

7. Make Your Own Eco-Friendly or Organic T-Shirt

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After you finish making your adjustable knot bracelet, you may want to hand craft a t-shirt to complete your look. Check out my instructions for making your own eco-friendly or organic t-shirt. Only minimal sewing skills are needed.

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