Bead Knotting

In This Chapter

^ Using knots and bead tips to terminate strands ^ Creating bead units with knots ^ Knotting with nontraditional materials notting is one of the oldest techniques in jewelry making. Before there was wire, stainless steel strands, and crimp beads, there were knots. In fact, knots are among the earliest embellishments in our human quest to beautify and distinguish ourselves from our fellow humans.

In this chapter, you spend some time working with the noble knot and putting the different varieties to use in stylish ways. You work with overhand knots, figure-eight knots, and lark's head knots, just to name a few, to craft earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and bookmarks. And we show you ways to include knots in different styles of jewelry designs.

If you need help making knots, take a look at the appendix. We cover different kinds of glues and how to use them in Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies (Wiley). (We used Hypo-cement for the projects in this chapter, but you can use whatever suits your fancy.)

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