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Q.
I have been making some necklaces with waxed cotton cord using a surgeon's style sliding knot. A few have been returned because the knots come undone. Any suggestions?
- Tammy
A.
Make certain that the method you use to create a surgeon's knot is the same as shown in the "Knots Tutorial" how-to video and illustrated instruction found in the resources section to follow.

Try the adjustable knot also featured in the "Knots Tutorial," for your waxed cotton cord necklaces. If you are creating the knots the same way as shown, you might try other cords to see if the knot comes undone. "Test drive" your knots on another necklace before you deliver a finished necklace to its recipient. Try adding a drop of adhesive such as E-6000® to the knot, being careful to avoid getting it on the cord that is sliding. The E-6000 will secure the knot yet provide some flexibility where needed. Additional cords to consider would be leather cord and woven cotton cord among others available.

- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador

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