Stretch bracelets are easy to make for adults and especially for children. However, making the knot secure is the problem. There are several different kinds of stretch cord. Some stretch cord is absolutely useless when it comes to tying a knot. The knots just will not stay in place. I have read different places that a stretch cord called “Stretch Magic” is a good brand to use. You can also use Gossamer Floss which is said to be stronger than regular elastic.
I think another good brand of elastic stretch cord is the “Buddy Stretch.” I first used the Buddy Stretch elastic in a kit I received from BeadBuddies.net and had no problem with the knot slipping out. The knot instructions in this kit was to finish off with a “triple knot.” No glue or clear fingernail polish was advised.
Here is what BeadBuddies.net say about the Buddy Stretch elastic cord:
“Buddy Stretch Clear Elastic Beading Cord is perfect for making slip on or stretchy bracelets! This is really strong elastic cord that knots easily. Do not use glue when making knots with this elastic and your jewelry will last a long time! The knot can be pulled into the middle of a bead for a great looking piece of jewelry! Don’t let the low price fool you, Buddy Stretch does not fray and is made to last! We buy direct in very large quantities to give you the best possible price!”
I went online and did a search trying to learn more about making knots in elastic for stretch bracelets of which I love making. I found several different suggestions. Below is only one method I found.
(1) String your beads. Tie the two ends of the stretch cord together just the same as you would tie your shoe laces.
(2) Pull the stretch cord very tight, as tight as you can.
(3) Repeat step 1 as if tying an overhand knot. Now loop one of the cord ends through the loop of the overhand knot again. You can go a step further and loop one end through the loop again for a third pass. This is called a surgeon’s knot.
(4) Pull the ends of the stretch cord to tighten the knots.
(5) Dab a little hypo cement glue onto the knot for a secure hold.
I have one of these stretch bracelets made with the Buddy Stretch brand of elastic and tied into a triple knot, no glue or clear fingernail polish used on my Etsy site here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/202856511/carmilitas-beaded-bracelet-and-earring?ref=shop_home_active_2
Here is a picture of that bracelet in which I used the Buddy Stretch elastic and the triple knot, which does knot better and does stay in place. I plan on just using the Buddy Braid elastic and typing the triple knots for future bracelet projects. I might try the cemet glue idea as well.
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
Carmilita’s Earrings: https://carmilitaearrings.etsy.com