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Q.
I'm making bracelets with heavy beads (lampwork). I want to use a clear elastic so I can tie off in knots and add a little glue. Some stretch out and eventually the bracelet is 1/2 to 1" longer. What do you suggest?
- Cynthia
A.
Many beaders find that using Powercord® is ideal for their elastic cord needs. Powercord is latex-free and returns to its original shape after stretching. It is created from high quality elastic and it knots easily to terminate the strands. Using a flexible adhesive such as E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive is ideal for fixing the knots into place.

Consider these two tips when working with elastic cord. Cut the cord to the length you need then hold an end in each hand and draw your hands outward, stretching the cord. Repeat this motion at least three times. Pre-stretching helps ensure the cord won't break after you've finished your design.

Place a small amount of baby powder in your hand then run the cut length of cording through the powder. By applying a fine coating of baby powder to the cording you will make it less ''sticky'' and therefore easier to string on your beads.

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