After spending hours and hours on a piece of beautiful beadwork, why settle for an ordinary clasp? Instead, make your own clasp out of materials that match the beads you used in your masterpiece. Before you try this, make sure that you are comfortable with even-count tubular peyote stitch.
1. Gather Your MaterialsFor this project, you will need:
- 5 grams size 11 Japanese cylinder beads
- 1 gram size 15 seed beads in a color to match or contrast with the cylinder beads
- Nymo D
- Size 12 beading needle
- Optional: 20 beads, 4mm - gemstone, firepolished, Swarovski crystal or glass Druk to match or contrast with your cylinder beads
2. Part I: Make the Ring
On a 2’ length of thread, pick up 34 cylinder beads and tie them into a ring, leaving a 4” tail. Pass needle and thread through the first cylinder bead strung.
3. Stitch the First Round
Pick up a cylinder bead, skip the next bead in the ring, and pass through the following bead. Pull snugly. Continue in this manner until you have completed the entire round, keeping the work flat with your fingers.
4. Work in Tubular Even Count Peyote Stitch for a Total of Seven Rounds
Continue working in tubular even count peyote stitch, making the step up at the end of each round, until you have a total of 5 rounds. Keep the work flat with your fingers, and your tension loose. Even if you see a little bit of thread in between the beads as you stitch, that is okay.
Work Round 6. At the end of Round 6, pull tightly so that the work curls in on itself.
Work Round 7, adding cylinder beads and pulling snugly with each one.
5. Get in Position to Add a Round of Size 15 Beads to the Back of the Ring
At this point, flip the work over, thread a needle on the tail, and pass through the next bead so that you are in position to add a row of size 15 seed beads.
6. Add a Round of Size 15 Seed Beads
Add a round of size 15 seed beads, weave the thread back into the beadwork, knot and trim close to the beadwork.
7. Zip Up the Ring
Flip the work back over, and line up the front and back of the ring. Zip up the ring into a loop by passing needle and thread alternately through a size 15 on the back and the corresponding cylinder bead on the front. Pull snugly. Weave the thread end in so that it comes out of one of the cylinder beads on the outside edge of the ring.
8. Add a Loop
Pick up 10 cylinder beads and pass needle and thread back through the same bead you just came out of to form a loop. Pass needle and thread through the loop once or twice more to reinforce. (This is the loop that you will use to attach the toggle to your piece.) Weave the thread back into the beadwork, knot, and trim close to the beadwork.
9. Embellish the Ring, if Desired
Optional embellishment using 4mm round beads, gemstones, crystals or firepolished beads: Coming out of one of the beads on the outside edge of the ring, pick up a 4mm bead and a size 15 bead. Skip the size 15 and pass back through the 4mm bead.