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Starting your work:
Start with a comfortable thread length. I recommend about 5 feet (about 1.50 meter) for starting.
String a stopper bead leaving about 4″ (10 cm) tail. Go through the stopper bead twice to anchor the bead. (Stopper bead is an 11/0 round seed beads different color from those you are working with. This bead you will remove at the end of your work or if mentioned otherwise).
Never use the same thread you worked in your beading project to attach the clasp. Use a new thread. This will assure and allow you to replace the clasp in case in got broken or extend your work, without losing your work.
Usually I think it is best to knot the new thread into the work a few beads before the end of the thread. The knot should be between two beads and then continue through the beads that the old thread is coming out of. Only then finish the old thread.
Finishing Added Thread:
Never cut the thread near the knot point. The knot point is a weak point and can be opened. After attaching the new thread between two beads with double knot, I recommend to take the short tail left and pass it back through the beads (at least 2 inches) before cutting.
Finishing your beadwork:
Finish all threads before adding the clasp. Try to leave the beads you will attach the clasp to, free from threads as much as you can.
Recommended basic beading experience.
Material List – 45cm
– 150 ZOLIDUO beads ZD
– 150 Czech GBDUO beads size GB
– 10 gram Miyuki Round Seed Beads size 8/0 R8
– 8 gram Miyuki Round Seed Beads size 11/0 R11
– Hook or Magnetic clasp
– Fireline 6lb or similar
– 12# beading needle
Pick up 1xZD, 1x R11, 1x R8, 1x R11, 1x GB (or SD) 1x R11, 1x R8, 1x R11. Go through all and tie both threads. Continue through the next 1x R11, 1x R8, 1x R11, 1x GB.
Go up through the free hole of the GB. Pass through next two R8. Repeat around. Finish pointing out from upper R8 (changing working direction)
Pick up 1xGB 1x R11. Go through the next R8.
Pick up 1x R11, 1x R8, 1x R11. Go through the free hole at the ZD.
Pick up 1xZD, 1x R11. Go through the next R8.
Pick up 1x R11, 1xRB, and 1xR11. Go through the free hole of the GB.
Pick up 1x R11, 1x R8, 1x R11. Go through the free hole at the GB.
Repeat step 3 – 6 until you reach your desire length.
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