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Jewelry Clasps

Jewelry Clasps


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 larger photos).


Buttonhole Clasp

Buttonhole Clasp

The Buttonhole Clasp is a vintage design that can be used to form a sturdy loop.

A button, 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 cords.

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 make sense.

First Half

Step 2: Tie the first half of a Vertical Larks Head knot as follows:

Bring the working cord over - under the holding cord, rotating clockwise

As you pull the end to the right, cross over the working cord.


Second Half

Step 3:  Tie the second half of the Vertical Larks Head knot by passing the working cord under - over the holding cord.  

Pull it right, crossing under the working cord.

Steps 2 + 3 =  one Larks Head knot.



Step 4: Tie 3 or more knots, depending on the size you need (1.5 times button size).

For example: You have a 1/2-inch button, so tie enough knots to measure 1.5 times that size, which is 3/4-inch. 


Turn Around
  Step 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 second half. 

The process is the same, but you rotate counter-clockwise to make each loop.

Square Knot

Step 4:  Bend the clasp to create a circle.  Use the same working cords to tie a tight Square Knot around the two holding cords.

On the other end of the item, attach a button, bead or tie a decorative knot to pass through the clasp.


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Sliding Clasp

Sliding Clasps

Sliding 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.

(Click 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. 


Zip Clasp

Zip Clasp

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 well.    (Click on the image or link to go to the page)



 Sliding Bead Clasp

A quick and easy way to make jewelry clasps is to use a bead instead of a knot.   A button can also be used in this same manner.

You need a bead with a hole large enough for all the cords to pass through (from both ends).

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 can finish off most of the ends, so only 2 - 4 pass through the bead.  


Pass Ends Through  

After you have created the jewelry item or belt, pass half of the ends through the bead from right to left.

The other half should be passed through the bead from left to right.


Pull Ends to Tighten  

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 Overhand or Barrel knots to prevent the cords from sliding out of it.  Beads can also be used.



Loop and Button

Loop + Button Clasps

Jewelry 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.

Button Knot

There are many knots that can be used to make these types of jewelry clasps.

This Celtic Button knot, for example, can be tied with one cord.  Once it's tightened, just pull up a segment of the material to make a loop.

At the other end, use a bead or button.  You could even tie another Celtic Button to pass through the loop.

In many cases, you will have two 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 Lover's Knot.

Look through Learn Macrame for more ideas.

Knot with Loop

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Simple Overhand Clasp  

Simple Overhand Clasp

Tie an Overhand Knot, right where you want the clasp to begin. Leave enough space for the button or bead to pass through. Tie another Overhand knot.

Apply glue and cut off the remaining material.


Simple jewelry clasps like this one work great when using buttons or large beads on the other end.

They are also also nice when working with leather cord. 

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O-Ring Clasp


Most jewelry clasps are easy to create, like this one called the O-Ring Clasp.

I found it in a book called "Decorative Fusion Knots" by J. D. Lenzen.

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 knot.

It's best to make the clasp first, and then create the necklace or bracelet with the two ends.


Tie an Overhand Knot   Step 1: Tie an Overhand knot the size you want to clasp to be.

Make sure the right end passes over the left to make the crossing point, which should be at the bottom.

Wrap Right Half   Step 2: Wrap the left end of the cord around the right half of the loop several times.

Push the coils close together, and stop when you reach the top central area of the loop.

Wrap Left Half   Step 3: Wrap the left half of the loop with the right end of the cord.

Tie a Knot to Secure  

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 bottom.


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