How to make an adjustable knotted bracelet

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How to make an adjustable knotted bracelet
Adjustable knots make bracelets easy to wear. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Custom bracelets make great gifts and enhance your own wardrobe. A bracelet that has an adjustable knot does not need a separate clasp, which keeps it easier to make. There also is almost no worry that the bracelet won't fit because it is easily adjusted to larger or smaller wrists. A single bracelet will take less than a day to complete.

Things you need

  • Silk cord
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Beads

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  1. 1

    Cut the silk cord so that it is twice the length you want for your bracelet. For instance, if you want to make a 15 cm (6 inch) bracelet, cut the cord at 30 cm (12 inches).

  2. 2

    Wrap a piece of tape around one end of the cord. This will keep the beads from sliding off as you string them.

  3. 3

    String the beads onto the cord. Fill the cord halfway with the beads. The rest of the cord will be used to make the adjustable knots.

  4. 4

    Make the knots to finish the bracelet. To do this, lay your bracelet in a loose circle on your work surface. Tie one end of the cord in an overhand knot around the other cord. Then tie the other end of the cord in an overhand knot around the first cord behind the first knot. To tighten the bracelet, gently pull on the cord ends, moving the knots away from each other. To loosen it, pull the knots toward one another.

  5. 5

    Trim the tail ends of the cord to the desired length. If you want, you can add a couple of smaller beads to the ends of the cords followed by a knot to keep them from sliding off.

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