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