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 along the ends.
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1. 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.
For the example in this tutorial I used 4 size 8/0 seed beads, 15 size 11/0 cylinder beads (Delicas), 14 size 15/0 round seed beads, and one 6mm by 8mm Chinese crystal rondelle. I also used wire cutters to make the initial cut on the FireLine, and a thread burner to trim off the ends after weaving it in.
2. 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 so I brought the thread out between the fifth and sixth bead in the last row.
3. 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, I strung one 8/0, one 11/0 Delica, one 8/0, the crystal rondelle, and one more 8/0 beads. 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 those beads down against the beadwork.
4. 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 that I passed through the sixth and seventh beads in the last row of beadwork. Pull the thread taut.
5. Reinforce the Clasp and Weave-In the Thread
Reverse direction in the bracelet band and then pass back up into clasp. (Click on the image on the left to see a larger version of the recommended thread path, shown in yellow.)
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.
6. Start the Loop End of the Clasp
At the other end of the bracelet band, bring the thread out in the same location that you brought it out on the first end. String one bead to serve as the base bead for your beaded loop. I used a size 8/0 seed bead. Slide that bead down against the beadwork.
7. 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.
In the example, I used 28 beads, alternating between Delicas and 15/0 round seed beads for a decorative effect.
8. 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, I've passed through the sixth bead in the row and through an adjacent bead.
9. Reinforce the Loop and Weave-In the Thread
Reinforce the end loop by reversing direction in the beadwork twice (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.
- Questions about this technique? Please post them in the Beadwork forum.
- If you use this technique in a design, please take a photo that shows the clasp and submit it for consideration in our Beaded Clasps Gallery. You can also submit your entire design to our Beaded Bracelets Gallery or Beaded Necklaces Gallery.