Finishing beadwork with a beautiful gold clasp
Figuring out how to finish a beaded jewelry piece is something you need to contemplate even before you’ve warped your loom. There are a variety of options, from using the No Warp-Ends Kit to weaving in a fiber header and footer to incorporating the warp threads into the finishing.
Recently I discovered this really nice clasp that makes finishing a beaded bracelet as easy as tying knots and slipping on the clasp!
When using this clasp you can warp your loom in the regular way (or the “Easy Warp” way) where there will be warp ends to finish. Because this clasp just slips over the last row of beads, all you have to do it tie off the warp ends, slip on the clasp, fold in the ends and you are done. This take moments to accomplish and your piece will look perfectly finished.
The clasp I am using here is one inch wide. It also comes in a 1/2 inch wide version. The spring I used on this piece is 14 dents per inch which is the correct spring for the size 11/0 seed beads I choose. We put on 13 warps but 14 warps will also work. You just don’t want your beaded piece to be wider than the clasp.
Remove your piece from the loom when it is approximately an inch wider than your wrist. Tie overhand knots with pairs of warp threads. Trim to about a third of an inch.
Separate the two pieces of the clasp and slide one end over the last row of beads at one end of your piece.
It’s that simple! Next, bend the two tabs at either end to secure the clasp in place.
And there you have it: a beautifully finished beaded bracelet.
Don’t have a loom yet? Click below to download our free Get Started Guide to learn more!
<!–[if lte IE 8]>