|There are other ways of finishing a seed bead stitched project. Add a multi-strand clasp 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, in essence, you are also finishing and securing the weave.
For a seamless transition, you can add beads to the thread as you create the loops used for attaching the strip to the clasp. The beads will hide the thread, as well as offer a buffer between the thread and the clasp; the thread will hold up just fine if you prefer not to add additional beads. Ribbon ends offer another way to finish the ends after you've woven the thread ends into the beadwork. Place a small amount of E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive inside a ribbon crimp end then fold the crimp end over the end of the beadwork. Once that's in position allow the adhesive to fully cure. Use a jumpring to connect a clasp to the loop on the end of the ribbon crimp end then you’re good to go.
For even more finishing options, be sure to review the many seed bead books available.
- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry Making Expert and Swarovski Ambassador
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