I would like to make stretch bracelets, and I have two different types of cord, one is plastic, the other is almost like a fabric, the fabric frays when I use it, how can I stop this from happening?
Applying a dab of adhesive would prevent the cording from fraying. Depending on the type of fabric used in your cording, Dritz® Fray Check™ may work best as it is formulated for preventing exactly what you've described. Another option would be PascoFix® instant adhesive. This is a cyanoacrylate glue or super glue and it will prevent fraying once cured as well as form a hard finish on the cording. This glue will also work well for sealing knots.
When working with the stretchy, more plastic-type cording, E6000® is recommended for gluing the knots as it is more flexible and will not affect the makeup of the cording like some cyanoacrylates can.
- Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator