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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Using the Snake Knot

Learn to use the snake knot for knotting bracelets and necklaces. A snake knot is a round, well-balanced knot that sits between beads nicely. If you’re tying regular overhand knots between beads, we think you’ll love the snake knot. It’s a little tougher to master, but it produces beautiful results.

Gather your supplies…

To make a bracelet, you’ll need:


Step 1: Loop one strand over the other, as shown below. It is helpful to tape or secure your strands at the top of your work, so they stay in one place as you begin to knot.


Step 2: Loop the second strand as shown below. It helps to practice with two different colors of cord, so you can clearly see how the strands pass under and over each other.


Step 3: Pull the knot tight…


Step 4: You’re now ready to move on to the next bead!


You can finish your bracelet in many ways. One of our favorites is using the Square Knot (shown below, with a decorative bead in the middle of the knot). Have fun, and get creative!

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Thank you for the written and visual instructions for the snake knot! I found the instructions very useful.

  2. CAS
    CAS says:

    Oooooohhhhh … this looks so cool, absolutely something I’ll try. :D

  3. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    I am definitely going to try this! I love the look of knotted work, but have not been successful in placing them where I wanted. This looks like the answer!

  4. Tana
    Tana says:

    Got my order today to make bracelets using 8mm gemstone rounds, Chinese Knotting Cord 0.8mm using the snake knot. Very nice cord! You must use 2 strands of cord to make a snake knot. Well, doesn’t fit thur! I tried several different 8mm rounds. I tried the glue on the ends, idea…no work
    Bummer! 0.8mm C-Lon cord doesn’t fit but I was hoping the new cord would. I know 2 strands 0.5mm C-Lon fits thur 8mm and most 6mm rounds but not 2 strands of the 0.8mm cords!grrr
    Lesson learned…
    The Chinese Knotting Cord isn’t slippery and is easier to work with than the C-Lon cord.

  5. Tana
    Tana says:

    8mm gemstone rounds that 2 strands did not fit through that I tried:
    African Turquoise
    Tibetan Agate (molten and the banded)
    African Opal Rondelle

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I will definitely try this.
    Tana R — Thanks for the heads up.

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    Poohbear_jessiejames34 says:

    Wow this is gonna be fun learning!

  8. Tana
    Tana says:

    Love this knot! It holds the bead in place and keeps it from spinning when I pick fav side of gemstone I want showing, “this side up” using 0.5mm C-Lon cord 2 strands fit through my Alaska jade 10mm same size hole as 8mm…

    Ali, can you find 0.5mm Chinese Knotting cord?
    Thanks, Tans

  9. Tana
    Tana says:

    Using Chinese Knotting Cord 0.8mm
    Tibetan Agate matte 8mm, African Turq 6mm
    Joesphine macrame knot


  10. Tana
    Tana says:

    Oops, wrong pic sent. Square knots between beads…

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    J Kanalas says:

    looking forward to learning this!

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    kathrynfitzgerald says:

    How do you get that decorative silver bead in the middle of the square knot?

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    kathrynfitzgerald says:

    How do you get that decorative silver bead in the middle of the square knot?

    Also, can you use a match or lighter to burn end instead of buying the perfect thread burner?

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    Moogie says:

    DISCLAIMER—I haven’t actually put a decorative bead in the middle of a sliding closure, but I think this is how it’s done!

    First you can check out the instructions for “Using the Sliding Square Knot” for your closure. When you are ready to begin the closure, choose a bead with a hole large enough to fit 4 strands of cord. Pass the end strands from the bracelet you just knotted through the bead in opposite directions & proceed with the sliding knot. When you get to your decorative bead, thread your working strands through & continue the sliding knot until finished.
    Also, instead of burning the cord, you can just cut it & put a dab of glue on the end.
    If you have questions or want to double check, contact customer service directly. They are super nice❤️ Moogie

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    povertyridgeranch1 says:

    Are the beads large hole beads? I’ll be trying this also I just book marked the page… thanks for the easy and awesome

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