How to Make Knots in Leather for Jewelry

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Leather cording is perfect for making necklaces or bracelets. Usually a suspended pendant is all that you need for a leather necklace. Leather can be somewhat cumbersome to try to attach metal clasps at the ends. Trying a knot is one way to finish the piece. It will hold the it securely around your neck or wrist and be stylish as well. It is adjustable so any length you want or need is attainable.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pendant

  • Leather

Step 1

Measure the length you want for the bracelet or necklace. Add at least 8 more inches to that length. Cut the leather cord.

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Step 2

Remove the kinks and curls from your piece of leather. Dampen the ends with water, but do not soak them. With your fingertips, gently smooth the leather until it is straight.

Step 3

Add the desired beads, or charms to the piece of leather. If you use a pendant with a clasp that opens, you can wait until you have the knots tied.

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Step 4

Form the cord into a circle. Take the two ends and over-lap them by about 4 inches.

Step 5

Take the cord on the left and pass it under the right cord. Keeping hold of this same cord, pass it over the top of both cords on the left side.

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Step 6

Pass the left cord behind itself. Bring it up through the loop and out. Tighten this cord by pulling at both ends of the left cord.

Step 7

Turn the necklace around and repeat steps 4 and 5. Try to space the knots equally.

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