How to knot elastic beading cord

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Jewellery makers use elastic cord in projects that may need to stretch, such as choker necklaces, beaded bracelets and hair accessories. Elastic jewellery is especially good for children because it is strong and stands up to more abuse than other cords and chains. However, many jewellery makers run into problems with elastic jewellery and knots. Since elastic cord is slippery, knots tend to come untied, spilling beads and charms onto the ground. Some artists solve this problem with crimp beads, but those put stress on the cord and may cause it to break. There is a simpler, easier way to secure knots.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Elastic cord
  • Paper clip
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Snip an appropriate length of elastic cord and slip your beads and charms onto it. Pass one end of the cord between the folds of a paper clip. The paper clip will keep your beads from slipping off that end of the cord while you tie a knot in the other end.

  2. 2

    Stretch the other end of the cord taut and tie it in a half-granny knot by bending the shorter end of the cord down and across the longer end to form a loop. Push the short end of the cord through the loop. Do not tighten it yet.

  3. 3

    Squeeze a drop of glue onto the loose knot. Use nail glue for acrylic nails, liquid stitch or liquid cement to secure the knot. All three glues are formulated to hold things together under stress.

  4. 4

    Tighten the knot, spreading any glue that squishes out over the knot with your finger. Allow the knot to dry for about an hour before knotting and gluing the other end. If you want to knot the ends together, use a double knot and add glue before tightening, as above.

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