Bead Doctor Beadalon Knotter Tutorial – Simple Stringing

Tool up and get knotted with the Beadalon Knotter tool. Make this simple stringing jewellery set from the Bead Doctor.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Simple stringing: Step1 - Gather all materials

    Step 1: Gather materials

    Find a list of everything you will need below.

    Pause the steps at any time by mousing over the slideshow and clicking the pause button. Click the pause button again to continue.

    Use the left-right arrows or slide numbers to navigate.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Simple stringing: Step2 - Prepare the silk cord

    Step 2: Prepare silk cord

    Remove the silk cord from the card.

    Make a double knot in the end of the cord without the needle.

    Add a dab of glue to the knot and trim the excess silk.

    Place a calotte over the knot and squeeze closed with your pliers.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Simple stringing: Step3 - Thread your first bead and knot

    Step 3: Thread first bead

    Thread a white glass bead onto the cord and move to the end.

    Make a loop around two fingers with silk thread.

    Drop the end between fingers to make an overhand knot.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Simple stringing: Step4 - Use bead knotter to tighten

    Step 4: Use bead knotter to tighten

    Insert the end of the prong into the loop (pointing away from your hand)

    Remove your fingers and tighten the knot on the prong.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Shamballa style Bracelet Step 5: Complete the knot

    Step 5: Securing the knot

    Insert the silk into the y-shaped part of the knotter tool.

    Pull the silk with your free hand so that the silk knot tightens on the prong.

    Keep hold of the silk with your free hand; with your thumb push up on the knotter tool so the knot slips off the prong and sits snugly against the previous bead.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Simple stringing: Step6 - Thread on beads and knot

    Step 6: Thread on beads

    Thread on a round blue bead and repeat the steps to make a knot next to the bead.

    Continue in this way so you have five round blue beads, sixteen ovals and five more round blue beads, all with a white glass bead between.

  • Bead Doctor Tutorial - Simple stringing: Step7 - Add a clasp to finish

    Step 7: Add trigger clasp

    Make a double knot after the last white bead and add a calotte in the same way as the first.

    Add a jump ring to the loop of each calotte and squeeze the loops closed.

    Add a trigger clasp to one of the jump rings.

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Bead Doctor Beadalon Knotter Tutorial - Simple Stringing

A very happy beader

I thought I had pretty much seen it all in the way of beady gadgets. Not so! Last week our product tester, Kat, rushed in excitedly, brandishing the Beadalon Knotter tool. I have to admit, I had my doubts but it is absolutely brilliant. Many ‘time saving devices’ prove not to be but this is not one of them. It makes knotting quick and easy and definitely makes the job easier. It also makes your work look so much more professional, which is always a plus. Yes, this week, I am a very happy beader. I have designed this simple stringing tutorial so that you can give it a go and see what you think. Have fun.

Giving it away!

Win all the materials needed, including the Beadalon Knotter tool, to make my simple stringing project! To enter, we would like you to tell us what your top time saving tip or tool is and why. Please let us know in the comments box below by Sunday 16th September 2012 for a chance to win. The winner will then be notified by email and asked for their postal address. Good luck everyone!


To add all the materials needed for this project, simply click the button below to add it to your basket. Or, if you are just short of one or two bits, click on the individual items.*

*Beadalon Knotter Tool (PRKN) – Not Included

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  1. Samantha says:

    Looks like a fun project and easy to use tool

  2. Cliobeads says:

    thanx for sharing your beading. very nice beading set

  3. Gill Colling says:

    Keep your seed beeds organised by size and type, I have separate boxes for 15s, 11s, etc and for delicas and ‘special’ shapes….also mark the size on the bag or tube so they always go back in the right place. Trying to identify sizes can be very time consuming.

  4. Gill Colling says:

    I am not good at knots so this tool would be an absolute boon :P

  5. Maria Bateson says:

    Hello, I write on each bag of beads I receive, where they come from and how much they were so I know exactly where to order more fom when I run out.

  6. Jo Pohl says:

    Love this ! I always get in a mess with knots :)
    Talking about mess my best pieces of kit are my dyson and an old pop sock . I put the pop sock on the end of the hose to pick up all my beads which seem to scatter across the floor of my workroom and beyond ! Waste not want not :)

    (PS the pop sock was washed after wearing)

  7. Jo, I love this tip. I first saw it in Jean Power’s fantastic beading book Compendium of Beading Techniques.

  8. Sheila Franklin says:

    My looping pliers for making consistent wire loops so I don’t have to keep trying to match the loops, my bead caliper and my wire gauge for saving me time trying to identify size of beads and width of wire. I’ve never used the knotting tool so would like to give it a go!

  9. Jo Pohl says:

    Ooh that book is going on my Xmas list :)

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