Finish a loom-beaded bracelet without warping the neatly woven rows of beads. Since this kind of beaded bracelet is flat and delicate, simply tying the ends of the threads to a clasp looks sloppy and distracts from the pattern of the bracelet. Use ribbon crimp ends to hide the ends of the threads, and attach them to the ends of the clasp of your choice. Find the components and tools you need in the jewellery aisle at the craft store.
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Things you need
- Beading loom
- Beading thread
- Ribbon crimp ends
- Epoxy adhesive
- Jump rings
- Lobster clasp or
- Toggle clasp
Weave your thread up and down through the warp threads, or the threads attached to the loom, without adding anymore beads. Complete six or seven rows without beads and one half-row. When you get to the middle of the last row, tie a double-overhand knot on the middle warp thread and trim the end to 1/8 inch.
Cut the ends of the warp threads to remove them from one end of the loom. Feed the ends of each warp thread through the beading needle and tie a double-overhand knot with each warp thread through the last full row of weaves. Trim each warp thread to 1/8 inch after tying the knots.
Squeeze a pea-sized amount of epoxy adhesive onto a cotton swab and spread it in a line on the inside of the jaws of a pair of ribbon crimp ends. Slip the woven and tied ends of the bracelet into the jaws of the ribbon crimp end and press them together with a pair of pliers to secure them. Wait 24 hours for the adhesive to dry completely.
Open a jump ring by pulling the open ends apart with pliers. Attach the jump ring to the loop at the end of the ribbon crimp end and slip the loop at the end of a lobster or toggle clasp onto the jump ring. Close the jump ring by pushing the ends back together. Repeat the process on the other end of the bracelet and attach the other end of the clasp.
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