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.