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.
Adjustable bracelet with sliding knot on a brown leather cord, strung with copper freshwater-pearl cluster beads.

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.

Bronze leather cord bracelet strung with bronze acrylic pave beads, secured in place by barrel knots

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

Decorative barrel knots made of white leather necklace cord spaced evenly around a black leather cord and strung with a black and white striped glass heart and long dangling tassel

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

White leather faux barbed wire bracelet strung with red crystal hearts and pearl lampwork heart 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

Pearl clusters, pave beads and gold dust beads strung on lengths of brown leather cord to make dangling earrings

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

leather cord necklace strung with clusters of brass 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

Stretch Magic cluster pearl bracelet with leather cord infinity loop focal

Create a loop, string a bead and then create another loop and you have a link that you can connect to other components. This link is attached to a length of beads strung on Stretch Magic.

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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