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Sea Turtle Pendant

Sea Turtle Pendant

Description: This Sea Turtle Pendant is a Micro-Macrame decoration suitable for  a casual necklace.   It can also be used as an ornament, or to decorate packages and other items.

At the bottom of the page, are photos that show you how to use this turtle knot in a necklace design.

In the example shown, 450 size Paracord was used, which is approximately 3mm thick. The finished size of the shell was 1.5 inches wide.

By using 2mm cord, you can easily make this tiny turtle a smaller size.


A tutorial for this unique design can be found on the website Fusion Knots.

Go to the Video gallery to find the Sea Turtle knot.

You can purchase several great books featuring a variety of combination knots and techniques.

  Fusion Knots


Supplies Needed:

  • Cord Material (60 inches)
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Fine tip pliers or tweezers

The Head (Slipknot)

Cut one cord, 60 inches long.  Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling.

Step 1:  Create a Slipknot for the head of the Sea Turtle Pendant:
Loop   Bight Through Loop   Tighten
Make a loop in the center of the cord.
Cross the right half over the left.
  Make a bight with the end on the right.
Pass it through the loop as shown.
  Pull on the bight and the ends to tighten.

Josephine Knot Base


< Use the left end to make a counter-clockwise loop, passing under the portion coming from the Slipknot.

Pass the right end over the loop and under the left end. >

Right End


Still using the right end, rotate in a clockwise direction. Weave it through 4 segments over, under, over, under.

Tighten the knot. >

Tighten and Balance


Important:  Look at the right image above.

The two ends exit the knot in a specific way:

  • The left end exits the knot from OVER the left loop.
  • The right end exits the knot from UNDER the right loop.

In the next step, you will re-arrange the ends. Refer to the photo as needed to help you see the change.



Creating The Shell

Re-Position Ends  

Step 2: Re-position the ends so the left end passes under the bottom of the left loop.

The right end should pass over the bottom of the right loop.


Use Right End  

Step 3:  Bring the right end up to the Slipknot at the top. Move it across to the left side of the Sea Turtle Pendant design, rotating counter-clockwise.

Bring it down to the left loop of the Josephine knot. Weave it over - under - over the three segments.


Design Tip:  Notice there is plenty of space on the right side of the Sea Turtle Pendant shell design.

You should arrange the cord the same way, and avoid tightening anything at this point.

Use Left End  

Step 4:  Bring the left end to the top and weave it through the segments over - under - over - under, moving left to right.

This takes place in the area between the loop at the top (head) and the Josephine knot.


Bring the same end (left) down to the lower right area of the Sea Turtle Pendant.

Weave over - under - over - under the four segments, which includes the right loop of the Josephine knot.

It helps if you spread the loops out before you do the weaving.


Balance and Tighten  

Step 5:  Tighten and balance the knot, so it's as round as you can make it. Leave enough room so you can double it.

Make sure the head of the Sea Turtle is still small. The distance between the Slipknot and the shell should be reduced to as little as possible.



Double the Shell Design

Left End Follows Right End  

Step 6:  Move the left end to the place where the right end comes out of the knot.

Use it to follow the path of the right half of the cord, until you get to the top of the shell.

Pause temporarily to start this process with the other end.


Right End Follows Left Path   Use the right end to follow the path of the left half of the cord, to the top of the shell.

Now you can continue, using each end fill in the rest of the shell.  
Doubled Knot  

Make sure you keep everything flat, and work slowly. The ends should be at the top when you finish.

Use your pliers or tweezers if you find your fingers can't do the job.



Creating the Limbs

Pass End Through   Step 7:  Pass the right end through the space just below the Slipknot (head).

Cross Right Over Left  

Turn over the Sea Turtle Pendant, so you are working at the back of it.

Cross the end that's now on the right over the left.

The X shows the areas that bights will be passed through in the following steps (for the limbs).


Upper Left Limb  

Step 8:  Use the end that's now on the left to make a bight.

Pass it under the two loops at the edge, in the left upper area of the shell.

Adjust the bight so it's slightly larger than the head.


Upper Right Limb  

Use the other end and make a bight. Pass it under the two loops at the edge, in the right upper area of the shell.

Adjust it so it's the same size as the first limb.


Repeat for Lower Limbs   Repeat this process lower down.

Make sure you pass the bights through the loops on the edges, just below the areas where the first limbs are.


Finishing the Sea Turtle Pendant

First Half of SK  

Step 9: Secure the lower limbs to your board.

Pass the right end over, under, over the left end, to make an Overhand knot.

Tighten the knot and secure it.


Second Half of SK  

Tie another knot, using the same end, which is now on the left.

Pass it over, under, over the other end.

Tighten the knot firmly.


Tighten Firmly  

Apply glue under the knot so it sticks to the back of the shell.

Put a weight on it, or use a clip, to hold the knot to the shell while the glue dries.

Cut off the excess material. For Paracord, melt the ends with a flame to prevent unraveling.



There is a small opening in the shell, between the front and back limbs. You can add a cord there, to create a necklace or make a loop for hanging: 

Tie an Overhand Knot in the center of a new cord. Pass both ends through the opening, so the knot rests in the back of the shell.   

The images below show you another way to add a cord when making a necklace with the Sea Turtle Pendant:


Overhand Knot   Tie an Overhand knot in the center of a new cord.

The crossing point should be at the top, as shown.

Head Through Knot  

Slip it over the head of the turtle, so the crossing point is in the back. Tighten it securely.

Now you can use the two ends to make the necklace.


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