Description: There are several
ways to make Jewelry Clasps, using buttons,
beads, and/or decorative knots. On this page are
a few techniques frequently used in Macrame as
well as Micro-Macrame designs.
The image above shows a simple loop/button knot
closure. The loop is formed as you begin
to tie the knots for the jewelry item. The
button knot is tied in the last step.
Click on the
links or images for more information (or
Buttonhole Clasp is a vintage design
that can be used to form a sturdy loop.
bead, or round knot is used at the other
end of the jewelry item.
Step 1: A Macrame pattern
will usually tell you the length the cut the two
When you are just practicing, cut 1 holding
cord, 20 inches long.
Cut a working
cord, 36 inches long.
Secure both cords to your project board
vertically, in the center. The working
cord should be on the right, so these instructions
2: Tie the first
half of a knot as
- under the holding cord,
As you pull the end to the right, cross
over the working
3: Tie the second
half of the Vertical Larks
by passing the working
- over the holding cord.
Pull it right, crossing
2 + 3 = one Larks Head knot.
Step 4: Tie 3 or more
knots, depending on the size you need (1.5
times button size).
example: You have a 1/2-inch
button, so tie enough knots to measure
1.5 times that size, which is
3: Turn the first half of the
design around, and
go back to the center
of the Buttonhole Clasp.
Tie the same number of knots for the
The process is the same, but you rotate counter-clockwise
to make each loop.
Step 4: Bend the
clasp to create a circle .
Use the same
working cords to tie a tight around the two
holding cords. Square
On the other end of the item, attach a
button, bead or tie a decorative knot to
pass through the clasp.
jewelry clasps are very
popular, so I have written a separate
page devoted entirely to this
type of necklace or bracelet closure. Be
sure to read through it, since there are
a number of knots that can be used.
on the link or image to see the page)
The decorative knots are tied with a separate
cord, around the ends used to make the necklace or
bracelet. The ends slide through the knots, so the
size can be adjusted.
This is a
very unique sliding clasp. It's
constructed so you only need to pull one
end to close the bracelet.
This can be
used for necklace and belt designs as
on the image or link to go to the
Sliding Bead Clasp
A quick and easy way to make jewelry clasps is
to use a
of a knot.
can also be used in this same manner.
You need a
with a hole large enough for all
the cords to pass through (from both
In the example shown, I used 1mm material, and
had a total of 4 cords. So I used a bead with an
opening 4mm in size.
For designs where several cords are used, you
most of the ends, so only 2 - 4 pass through the
After you have created the jewelry item
or belt, pass
of the ends through the bead from right
The other half should be passed through
the bead from
When you pull on the ends, they will
slide through the bead to tighten the
necklace, bracelet, or belt.
Close the bead clasp by pulling on the
ends. Tie tight
knots to prevent the cords from sliding
out of it. Beads can also be used.
Loop + Button Clasps
clasps should look like part of the
overall design, if at all
possible. You can tie the
first knots so there is a small
loop at one end.
When you get
to the opposite end, attach a button or
bead to the cords.
are many knots that can be used to make
these types of jewelry clasps.
This , for example,
can be tied with one cord. Once it's
tightened, just pull up a segment of the
material to make a loop. Celtic
At the other end, use a bead or
button. You could even tie another
Celtic Button to pass through the loop.
many cases, you will have
ends available to create these
jewelry clasps. So you need to
choose a knot that starts out by folding
the cord at the center, like this Kinky
Look through for more ideas. Learn
, right where you
want the clasp to begin. Leave enough
space for the button or bead to pass
through. Tie another Overhand knot. Overhand
and cut off the remaining material.
Simple jewelry clasps like this one work great
when using buttons or large beads on the other
They are also also nice when working with leather
Most jewelry clasps are easy to create, like
this one called the O-Ring Clasp.
I found it in a book called
Fusion Knots" by J. D.
It's essentially a wrapped Overhand knot, which
can be made any size. You would create it on one
end of the bracelet or necklace. At the other
end, use a bead, regular button, or a button
It's best to make the clasp
and then create the necklace or bracelet with
the two ends.
Tie an the size you want to
clasp to be. Overhand
Make sure the right
end passes over
the left to make the crossing point, which
should be at the bottom.
2: Wrap the left
of the cord around the
right half of the loop several
Push the coils close together, and stop
when you reach the top central area of the
3: Wrap the left
half of the loop with the right
end of the cord.
Step 4:. Push the
coils together, so there are no gaps.
You may need to add a few more wraps as
you tighten the design.
Tie an Overhand or Square Knot with the
two ends, to secure the clasp.
Note that the jewelry clasp is flipped,
so the final knot is at the
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or images on Free Macrame Patterns, you are
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