Free Tutorial for Making an Attractive Necklace Closure: the Sliding Knot

This necklace of polymer clay beads closes with two sliding knots that make it adjustable. I can wear it over a sweater or shorten it to wear with an open-collared blouse.

This necklace of polymer clay beads closes with two sliding knots that make it adjustable. I can lengthen it to wear over a sweater or shorten it to wear with an open-collared blouse.

When you indulge in polymer clay, you’ll eventually find yourself making beads and/or pendants. What to do if you don’t have jewelry making skills or tools? Don’t despair. The sliding knot closure is an excellent option.

The sliding knot does’t get the respect or widespread acceptance it deserves. Done right, it’s handsome yet unobtrusive. It’s the way to go when you want an adjustable length necklace. And it’s ideal for people whose fingers stumble over most necklace clasps.

Check out my free tutorial for making the sliding knot. I show you the secret for making a neat knot (that could be a tongue-twister) where the loops line up like obedient drummers in a marching band instead of looking like so many crossed fingers.

I should apologize to my left-handed friends although I suspect they have years of experience translating directions written for a right-handed world.

If you care to know my history with the sliding knot, I first made it while teaching a polymer clay class. I wanted to do a necklace project but didn’t want to teach basic jewelry making skills as I thought it would take too much time. Well, anyone in that class can remember how I struggled to get the knot right. It’s tricky. That’s why I provide step-by-step directions with photos in my tutorial. I hope you enjoy it.

4 Comments on Free Tutorial for Making an Attractive Necklace Closure: the Sliding Knot

  1. Zan
    March 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Yeah, us lefties are usually:”left” to figure out the right handed world. We are used to it. Maybe that is why we are the only ones in our right minds. (get it? We are prone to use the right side of the brain). Even though it is not lefty friendly info it is a great solution. Us lefties are smart enough to figure it out.

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  2. Suzanne
    March 13, 2015 at 6:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for this. I always forget about this type of closure!

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  3. jeanne schmidt
    March 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the bird house. It is so cute.

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  4. jeanne schmidt
    March 30, 2015 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the bird house, it is so cute.

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