Use this technique to add a simple beaded clasp to any peyote stitch cuff bracelet. If your bracelet band is extra-wide, you can make two, three, or even four of these bead and loop clasps along the ends.
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Gather Your Materials
To make one clasp, you'll need beading thread, the beading needle that you used to make your bracelet, a larger bead for the bead-end of the clasp, and some seed beads.
FireLine is an excellent thread choice because it is unlikely to stretch out (unlike nylon threads) and is strong and fray resistant. You can use an existing thread tail on your beadwork or weave-in to start a new thread. If you use an existing tail, it should be a minimum of about two feet long.
The example in this tutorial uses 4 size-8 seed beads, 15 size-11 cylinder beads (Delicas), 14 size-15 round seed beads, and one 6mm by 8mm Chinese crystal rondelle. Tools you may need are embroidery scissors to make the initial cut on the FireLine, and a thread burner to trim off the ends after weaving it in.
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Position the Thread
Weave through the beadwork and bring the needle out between the two beads at the end of your cuff where you want to place the bead end of the loop. If you're making just one clasp, as shown, try to center the clasp as much as possible.
In the example, there are ten columns of peyote stitch, and the thread is brought out between the fifth and sixth bead in the last row.
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String the Beads for the Bead End of the Clasp
String three seed beads, the clasp bead, and one more seed beads. In the example, there is one size-8 bead, one size-11 Delica, one size-8 bead, the crystal rondelle, and one more size-8 bead. It's important that the beads on either side of the clasp bead (the rondelle in this case) are larger enough not to slip through the hole on the clasp bead.
Slide all of the beads down against the beadwork.
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Reverse Direction and Weave Into the Bracelet Band
Reverse direction and pass back down through the clasp bead and the seed beads below it. Hold the beads between your fingers and pull the thread until the tension tightens up. Eliminate any gaps between the beads.
Weave through the next two adjacent beads going in the same direction that you were weaving when you brought the thread out to begin the clasp. In the example, that means the thread passes through the sixth and seventh beads in the last row of beadwork. Pull the thread taut.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Reinforce the Clasp and Weave-In the Thread
Reverse direction in the bracelet band and then pass back up into clasp.
Pass up through all of the beads that you strung in Step 3, reverse direction, and pass back down through all of them again. Pull the thread taut, and then weave-in and end the thread within the bracelet band.
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String the Beads for the Loop
String enough seed beads to make a loop that is just large enough to fit comfortably over the large bead on the other end of your clasp.
If you don't know how many beads to use, experiment by guessing and then passing the needle back down through the base bead. Pull the loop taut and then clamp the thread between your finger and thumb just beneath the base bead. Try sliding this temporary loop over the clasp bead. If you need to make the loop slightly larger or smaller (by adding or subtracting beads), pull the thread back through the base bead and try again.
For the example, there are 28 beads, alternating between Delicas and size-15 round seed beads for a decorative effect.
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Tighten the Loop and Weave Into the Bracelet Band
Once your loop is the correct size, pull the thread to tighten it and then weave into the bracelet band. Once again, go in the same direction that you stitched when you first brought the needle out to make the beaded end loop. In the example,the thread passes through the sixth bead in the row and through an adjacent bead.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Reinforce the Loop and Weave-In the Thread
Reinforce the end loop by reversing direction in the beadwork twice by making a U-turn, passing up through the base bead and the entire loop again (being careful not to skip any beads), and down through the base bead again. Pull the thread tight.
Weave-in and trim off the thread to complete your clasp. To latch the clasp, simply slide the large bead through the beaded loop.