3 yards of waxed linen cord
20 size 11/0 seed beads
I am basing the thickness of this loop (6 strands of cord) on the bracelets that I make. Adjust yours according to how many strands and how long of a bracelet/necklace you would like to bead.
1. Cut cord into five 12" pieces. Cut a sixth strand into a 14" piece.
2. Place 20 beads onto one of your 12" strands of waxed linen cord.
3. Space the slightly beads apart.
4. Match the ends of all your strands, twist or braid the ends together so that they hold. Hold ends together firmly in one hand. Using your free hand, pick up your 14" cord and wrap it tightly around all of the cords in front of the first bead, leaving 2" of "waste" on the end for later use. Push the first bead up tight against the loop.
5. Wrap your 14" cord around the all of the cords behind the first bead, in front of the second bead. Make sure that it's very tight. Hold firmly with your fingers. Continue this pattern until all 20 beads are wrapped. Your wrapped beads will curve naturally.
6. Wrap your 14" cord around all of the strands one more time. Then, pick up the 2" of "waste" so that you are holding all 6 strands. Divide them equally into 3 groups of 2.
7. Braid together 3 times.
8. Separate out the short ("waste") strands and divide them into 2 groups of 3. Braid each group of 3 until you have almost reached the end.
9. Create a loop.
10. Pull the ends through the loop to create a knot. Pull until it is very tight.
11. Place a crimp cover over your knot.
12. Using a pair of flat nosed pliers, squeeze your crimp cover to close over the knot.
13. Trim ends of cords. Once both of your braids are secured and trim, you are ready to begin working on your bracelet or necklace.
I would love to see how you finish your beaded jewelry. I'm always looking for ways to perfect how I finish my work! Please feel free to comment and share.