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Flat Turkish Knot - DIY Jewelry Tutorial

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Flat Turkish Knot - DIY Jewelry Tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Beginner

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It's getting warmer outside, so we're starting to think about light, airy jewellery for the summer. The perfect material for its implementation will be satin strings. They allow you to create a fairly large, but not overloading form. Gloss, combined with subdued colours, provide a certain dose of elegance. Making these satin earrings will only take you up to half an hour, while the effect is delightful.

Materials required:
Satin cord - 2mm in two or three colours, about 30-40cm long. If you do not yet have experience in tying decorative knots, it is better to cut longer sections.
End Caps - The diameter of the tips will depend on the number of strings used in the design. Two strings will fit the tips with an internal diameter of 4mm. Three strings = 5mm. Cylindrical tips can be successfully replaced with clamp tips.
Earwires - silver-plated hooks. Because the twine weave used in the design is very decorative in itself, we choose simple hooks in form.
Tools - Scissors, round nose and bent nose pliers.
Glue - jewellery or other quick-drying "droplet" type to attach the tips.

Flat Turkish Knot (or Double Coin Knot)
In this tutorial, we will refer to the ancient Chinese art of tying knots, dating back to the fifth century BC. In ancient times, knots were a kind of writing. They were used to capture important events, seal contracts and contracts, as well as to encrypt important information. From around the 10th century AD they have a decorative function. Decorative knots can be found on clothing, as a decorative motif of fans, lanterns ... Knots not only look beautiful, but are intended as an amulet to ward off evil powers and attract good. They can symbolise strength, harmony, happiness, love and even wealth, longevity and success in a professional career.

The basis of our earrings will be the so-called double coin knot . This node resembles two overlapping traditional Chinese coins with a square hole in the centre.

Double coin knot is considered a symbol of "double perfection" or " life cycle" . Due to its decorative qualities, it is often used in jewellery. Both single, double and triple threads can be used to tie it. The use of a combination of different colours often brings surprising results.

Where to start?

I will show you this knot on a double thread, but it is a good idea to try on a single thread first to get some practice. Let's begin!

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

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1. We start by winding the cord into a single loop.

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2. We form a second loop overlapping the first. Make sure that the ends of the cord pass under its beginning.

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3. We form the third loop.

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4. The ends of the cord are pulled under the threads in the central part.

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5. Then we put the ends of the string under the loop on the right.

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6. Pull the ends of the string to form a nice tight knot.

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7. We align the loosely hanging ends.

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8. We put a little glue in the tip and put the ends of the string in it. It remains only to attach the ear wire.

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9. My cord motif is 5.5 cm long. After fitting the earwires, we will receive earrings about 7cm long. If you prefer shorter earrings, the tip can be pasted just behind the knot or the ends of the string can be secured with a clamp type cord end.

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10. Below are pictures of earrings that I prepared for myself last year. I have three threads instead of two. Earrings definitely belong to my favourites. I put them on very often for evening outings and I must admit that they always arouse interest in the surroundings.

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11. Be sure to play with colour.. This design looks fantastic in juicy summer shades and fluorescent colours. Satin cord can be replaced with waxed, coated cord or thong.

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