Topics: Seed Beads, Peyote, Clasp

Q.
I just made my first off-loom beading bracelet with peyote stitch, and I am having difficulty finishing the ends to add the clasp. Help, please.
- Louella
A.
In the project ''Bracelet with Cultured Freshwater Pearl Beads and Seed Beads,'' a multi-strand clasp is added to the end of a peyote woven strip using the same thread used to create the design. The loops of the clasp are integrated into the last row of seed beads in the peyote strip, woven in as if they were the next row of beads. With the thread being woven in and through the loops and the beads in the strip, you are also finishing and securing the weave.

Another option is to add beads to the thread as you create the loops used to attach the strip to the clasp. The beads will hide the thread as well as offer a buffer between the thread and the clasp; however, the thread will hold up just fine if you prefer not to add additional beads.

Another way to finish the ends after you've woven the thread ends into the beads and they are secure, is to place a small amount of E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive inside a ribbon crimp end and fold the crimp over the end of the beadwork. Once that's in position, use a jumpring to connect a clasp to the loop on the end of the ribbon crimp end.

The project, ''Bracelet with Seed Beads'' has complete instructions and illustrations for decreasing the peyote end then adding a clasp.

- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator

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