I just love this necklace finishing technique.  No clasp to buy, and so easy to get the necklace on and off fast.

This sliding closure is a row of square knots  knotted around the necklace strands.  It looks neat and tidy yet decorative, and is really simple to execute.  Once you know how to make it, I bet you’ll find yourself using it over and over to finish off hemp and corded projects.


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Instructions for Making a “Square-Knot-Sennit” Sliding Closure

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How to Make a Square Knot (SK)

Step 1: Before You Add the Closure

Tie a knot on each end of your necklace or bracelet.  These will become the “handles” you pull to tighten the necklace or bracelet.  (Tip! You might want to add a decorative bead before you tie the knots.)

Step 2: Set Up the Strands

Lay one end of the necklace or bracelet pointing down, and the other end pointing up (see pic to the left).

Cut a second strand of cording.  A foot should be long enough.  Lay it underneath the two ends of the necklace or bracelet as shown.

One completed square knot.

Series of three square knots.

Step 4: Tie Off

On the underside of your square knot sennit, tie a tight overhand knot.

Step 5: Glue and Trim

Use some heavy duty glue on the knot and let it dry.

After the glue is dry, trim the ends of the knotting cord.  Add some more glue to the newly cut ends to prevent unraveling.  Let dry.

The Finished Sliding Knot.

To tighten, pull on the knots.  To loosen, pull on the necklace or bracelet.

About the Author

Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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