Finishing Elastic and Powercord®
Select the size and color elastic cording that is best suited for the design.
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Beads of your choice
Using a ruler, measure a length of elastic cording suitable for your design, then add 4 inches so you have extra to tie a secure knot. Using scissors, cut the cording to the measured length.
Give the cord several stretches to condition it.
String on beads in desired pattern.
Pick up the two ends of the elastic cord.
While holding an end of the cording in each hand, overlap the strands of the cording twice, to begin a surgeon's knot.
Pull the ends of the cording until the knot is cinched down to the beads and forms a circle in the cording, with little space between the two end beads.
Overlap the ends of the cording one time. Pull tightly to finish the surgeon's knot.
Tighten the knot, down to the beads.
Add a drop of adhesive to the knot and pull the knot into the hole of a bead.
Let glue dry per the manufacturer's recommendation.
Once the glue is dry, trim off the excess cord close to the bead. Tip: E6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive is a great glue to use when working with elastic cording. It is a strong holding, clear glue that remains flexible after curing.
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