Tie a Celtic Button Knot For a Sliding Closure (How to)

Posted by Stacy on 1/31/2013

Another tutorial from our friend bps7us1.  This is a knot that anyone who crafts paracord can use.  This video kind of got me going and I've already added three celtic button knots to projects I had laying around!

And... Make sure that you subscribe to the bpd7us1 channel, Brian's is always providing great content to the paracord community.


Speaker 1: Whatís up YouTube? Coming at you today with the Celtic button knot demo. Basically itís a really nice finishing knot. Itís a good synch. I use them on my pouches. As a synch you can actually hold a lot of stuff in there and itíll hold it shut with just one, if you do it nice and tight and itís not going anywhere. Youíll see what allís in here real quick. Iíve got a monkeyís first. Iíve got my ball bearing pouch which also has three Celtic button knots on it. You can add a few on these pouches just for looks but extra cordage. Then, Iíve got a bunch of stuff in the pouch, just paracord stuff; wooden beads, keychain things, S-banners, a little light, Mr. Deermaster beads, running out of those buddy. There is also a compass and a carabiner. Anyway, letís get right in to this. The button knot is a good synch like I said and so you can also use them on a necklace and with a monkeyís fist; if you put one up at the top, that way someone can put it on and then adjust to make it fit. Iím going to demonstrate on both of those. Iím going to use orange and it should show up really good for you guys. Basically, Iíve got a piece here that is roughly 20 inches and itís good to start with just a little bigger piece than you would really need to make a button knot while youíre practicing. And so what we are going to do is start with a short-piece here in our hand and we are going to make an overhand loop counterclockwise going over the bottom strand. I donít know all the proper knotting terms guys; I do what I can to remember what theyíre called. Then, you are going to make another overhand loop counterclockwise over top of that one, making three circles, three small holes or what looks like a small cheeseburger. So, then with the long end; letís fix that twist there, alright, so youíve got your cheeseburger and with the long end weíre going to come down through the bottom of the first loop and then we are going to come up through the middle and then down through the third loop. Weíre going to bring it around but weíre going to leave another loop at the end, right here. Now, this is kind of the tricky part of the hold and as Iíve said so many times, holding the knots and figuring out where and how to hold them can be the most difficult part so Iíve come over my thumb with it and now at this point Iím going to grab it and replace my thumb with this finger here, holding everything that Iíve got put together there now. Then, go back with the thumb and grab it again, okay? So, now Iím going to come down through this first hole that we just formed and then Iím going to come. The easiest way to remember is the same hole that you came up through the first time, and now weíre done, okay? Now, you have a Celtic button knot and itís just a series of tightening. One thing you can do is just finish that and tighten it up right here and there are no burnt ends and itís on this as a stopper. So, for example, on a pouch, both these ends could be Celtic button knots and you could anything that you want there; cobra stitch or a piraŮa knot or whatever. At this point, I can fill all that out, tighten it up and it would be on here with no burns, but what we are going to do is use it as a synch. I am going to put my necklace in through there and now just get it out of my way and start tightening. So basically you donít want to pull these two first ones; the first time you start tightening you donít want to pull that too tight, just enough. If you pull it too tight you wonít be able to get the other ones as easily. Then, you just start with one of the loops where you have some slack and follow it around. I just pulled it this way and so we are going to continue to go that way, it comes through here next. Just figure out where it goes and start pulling it through here, through here and youíre going end up following it all the way around twice. Iíve got that and Iím not going to pull it too tight yet, just enough. Now weíre going to pull this slack. Just follow it all the way around; youíll come out one end or the other. Itís kind of like when you are making a monkey first. Itís got to come out somewhere and so unless you get turned around over and over and over again youíre going to come out one side or the other. At this point I am pulling pretty tight as I go. Sorry, thatís my bracelet hitting the table nonstop. Alright, so now thatís it. This oneís going to pull that last loop taught. So, at this point if youíre going to use it as a synch you want to go nice and tight, okay? Now you have a Celtic button knot that will function as a synch. And on this, for example, once you get the necklace on you, you would start here in this position. Once you get the necklace on you can pull it down some and make it a smaller necklace.

So, what weíre going to do is cut the ends off Ö and my lighter Ö If you push it a little bit away from the inner strand which is green here, you can try to keep your burn-off there so you donít have any problems when youíre sliding. Weíre going to use the blue part of the flame until itís like almost liquid state and bubbling and then we can push it and flatten it away from the green one and just create a nice little bump there. Itíll have some rough edges. Hit it with the blue flame one more time all the way over and youíll have a nice smooth surface. Same thing on the other side. Leave just enough to get a nice burn and then again, pinch the inner, whatever color youíre using, away from that one and then kind of push it away from that one and let it fray a little bit to get it in the direction that youíre wanting to go. Use your blue flame until youíre basically where you want to be and then itís a mushroom a little bit and you flatten it out away from the green, pushing away from the green and just rock it over, flatten it out. Youíll have some little rough spots, hit it with the blue flame one more time, nice and soft and you have a nice synch.

Alright guys, well I hope that helped some of you out there. This orange paracord is kind of thing. This black, for example, is nice and tight. Itís hard to see on camera but it is bigger. You can turn this in to a double. You can use two colors. You can get really creative with them. Thereís a lot of ways to use them and thatís hard to see too; thatís camo. But, I really like them. If you feel that youíre going to carry heavy things like this pouch as my ball bearings, I have three synchs on there but one of them never comes loose. So, I need to restock, but hereís three 1 inch ball-bearing and this will hold seven. One synch works but again I could use all three if I was worried about it and I really like the Celtic button knot. If anybody has any questions on that, definitely let me know. I thank you for watching. Everybody have a great day! Please sub.
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