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Aztec Sun Bar

 
Aztec Sun Bar
 
 

Description: The Aztec Sun Bar combines the Vertical Larks Head with a slightly altered version of Endless Falls.

It's an excellent design for Macrame bracelets, key rings, and slender belts. You could also use it for the long posts in a Macrame Plant Hanger or Table.

Parachute cord was used in the example shown. To make it more slender, try Satin cord, or Cotton.  The working cord should be yellow, orange, or gold.

To make a Micro-Macrame bracelet featuring this knot, see the Sun Bracelet.

 
 
 

I found this design on the Fusion Knots website.

Click on the link or image to visit the site.

In the video gallery are tutorials for this design, as well as other interesting knotting techniques.

  Fusion Knots
 

 

Loop Clasp

 
 
Step 1: To practice, cut one holding cord at least 18 inches long.  Cut one working cord, 36 inches long.

When using Parachute cord, prepare the cords by melting the tips with a flame, to seal the inner core.
 
 
Fold  

Fold the working cord in half and secure it at the center.

Secure the holding cord under it, lining up the centers of both cords.  

 

 
Cross  

Cross the two halves of the holding cord, making the loop large enough to see the spaces between it and the working cord on both sides.

 

 
Right Half  

Move the right half of the working cord through the space on the right.

It should pass over the crossed area of the holding cord.

 
 
Left Half  

Move the left half of the working cord through the space on the left.

 

 
Loop and First Part of Sun   Tighten the loops firmly by pulling on both cords.

Leave a small loop at the top if you need a clasp for a bracelet. Make the loop larger for a key ring or belt.
 


 

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Aztec Sun Bar Design

 
 
First Half  

Step 2: Make the first clockwise loop for the Larks Head knot with the right half of the working cord, passing over - under the right half of the holding cord.

As you pull it right, pass over to complete the loop. Tighten firmly.



 
 
Second Half   Make the second half by passing the working cord under - over the holding cord. 


As you pull it right, pass under the working cord to complete the loop.  Tighten firmly.
 

 
First Half   Step 3: Tie a Larks Head knot with the left half of the working cord onto the left half of the holding cord. 

The loops are tied the same as on the right side, only you will need to make them counter-clockwise.

 

 
Center  

Step 4: Make sure both Larks Heads are firmly tightened, and neat.

Bring the two halves of the working cord to the center, passing under the holding cord.

Keep the Larks Head knots as flat as possible.

 

 
Cross  

Step 5:
Cross the two halves of the holding cord left over right, resting on top of the working cord.
 

 
Repeat step 1  

Step 6:  Move the right half of the working cord through the space on the right.

 

 
Left End Thru Space   Move the left half of the working cord through the space on the left.
 

 
First Sun
  Pull the both cords firmly to tighten the first "sun".

 

 
Repeat
  Step 7:  Repeat steps 2 - 6 several times, until the Aztec Sun Bar is the size you wish to make.
 

 
Finish Ends  

Step 8: After you have made enough "suns" for your project, move the ends of the holding cord to the BACK.

Pass them through at least two loops to hold them, and apply glue.

When using Parachute cord, heat the ends to melt the fibers around the inner core.

 



 Finishing the Bar



When making a bracelet or belt with the Aztec Sun Bar, you need something at the other end to form the clasp. 

You can tie a button knot, use a regular shank style button, or add a bead. Remember that you will have two cords left, since you finished off the holding cords. 



Knife Knot

The Knife Knot, also called the Diamond knot, is the best choice if you want a button knot. 

Click on the link or image to practice, if you are not familiar with this knot.

Instead of folding one cord in half to start the knot, you will be making it with two cords.






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