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Q.
I would like to make a stretch bracelet with three strands, how do I connect them so they stay together? Thank you.
- Virginia
A.
Multiple strands can be done in a couple different ways. You can use spacer bars to "manage" the strands, incorporating the bars as part of your design, knotting and securing the cord ends together with a surgeon's knot and a drop of adhesive.

Another option is to finish with a clasp. Create each strand, knot and secure each end with E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive (not knotting the ends together). Gather the ends on one half of each strand then tie a knot. Open the loop on an eyepin, lay the knot on top of the open loop then close the loop over the knot. Feed the straight end of the eyepin through a bead cap and make a wrapped or simple loop to finish. Repeat on the other side of the strands. Use jumprings to add a clasp to the loops just made.

Powercord® is recommended for its strength and resilience. Powercord ranges in diameter from 0.5mm to 2mm and comes in clear and several popular colors. A surgeon's or square knot would be the best way to finish the ends of stretch cord as each knot is very secure. Adding a drop of glue, like E-6000 or Loctite 409® Gel adhesivel adds an extra layer of security. E-6000 remains flexible after curing, which is a great advantage when using with stretch cording and Loctite 409 Gel has gap filling properties which bonds the cords together.

- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry Making Expert and Swarovski Ambassador

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