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Decorative Fasteners



Decorative fasteners are necessary if you are planning to make Micro-Macrame jewelry, or projects like belts and purses. A bracelet needs some type of clasp, as does a belt.

Some fasteners can be purchased in craft supply stores, and are sometimes called findings. You can also use buttons, beads, and specific knots to form clasps.

Purse handles, belt buckles and fasteners for larger items can be purchased. But if you prefer, you can make many types of decorative fasteners yourself.

Click on the images or links for more details.


Button Fasteners

Button Fastener  

Buttons and loops are a great type of fastener for jewelry, belts and other similar designs.

On one end is a shank style button, and the other end can have either a simple or complex loop.


A bead can also be used to form a clasp.
  You arrange the ends through the bead from opposite directions.  

       You need to tie additional knots on the tips of the cords, so they can't slide out of the bead.

Bead Clasp

Go to Sliding Clasps  

Decorative knots can form closures as well. The Wrapped Knot clasp is designed so the cords slide through the knot.

For that reason it's referred to as a Sliding Clasp.



Button knots are often used instead of regular buttons or beads, to make fasteners.

This is the Knife Knot, also called the Diamond Knot.  On one end you make it with a loop.

  At the other end, you tie this knot without a loop. It fits through the loop to make the clasp. 

  Knife Knot and Loop

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Earring Fasteners

Earring Options

You will need to purchase metal hooks for earrings. 

  You can cover earring hoops with Macrame knots.  

You can also tie a single decorative knot and then add the hook to a loop within the knot.

Go to Micro-Macrame to see some examples.


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Purse Handles


Purse handles can be purchased, or you can make them yourself. Certain types of Macrame Knots are ideal for handbags.

Here are a few decorative knots you can try:



Alternating Larks Head Sennits can be used to make purse shoulder straps.

It's best to use a holding cord, attaching the knots to it. This prevents the sennit from twisting.

  Larks Head Sennit

Endless Falls  

Endless Falls is another decorative knot that can be used for a purse handle.

It's easy to tie and has a very attractive design.



Go to the Learn Macrame section to view other types of knots that can be used to form decorative fasteners for handbags. 

Look in the section called "Braids and Bars"

  Interlaced Plait

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