How to Add a Clasp to a Bead Woven Spiral Rope

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Designer: Julie Bean
Spiral rope stitch is a versatile bead weaving technique but it can be challenging to figure out how to add a clasp to the end. This video demonstrates a simple way of adding a clasp and then also shows you an example of a second method. Both methods are easy to do and will have you turning your spiral ropes into necklaces in no time.
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Hi this Julie with and I want to show you how to add a clasp to a spiral rope stitch in bead weaving so here are a couple examples. I'm going to show you one clasp which is already attached and if you look really closely you can see that this clasp has just been incorporated into the bead work itself you see these beads right here I have a very loved and used needle but you see these eight beads, basically you would just complete your stitch as normal with them then you went back up through all four of these came out added your clasp so you then just went through your clasp as well pretend I had some thread out here pulled it through and then went back down through the turquoise ones and then you loop it around and around and around three or four times until your clasp was securely wedged in there and then you just tied off your thread and worked your tail back into your beadwork and that was done on both sides so you can see it's just seamless so that's one way of doing and I'm going to show you how to do a second way so here I have a bead woven piece and I've got my spiral rope stitch I still have the stopper bead on one end I'm going to start with the other end which I just finished a normal stitch. So I'd be at the point where I need to add more beads I want to wrap this up, so what I'm going to do thread my needle I was coming out of the turquoise, I'm going down through the lavender ones through the beads next to it just nice and secure we go back through that turquoise one come out you could have gone through two or four at this point, it doesn't really matter, basically just working your tail into your beadwork some catch it under a thread bridge pull it go through my loop so it creates a knot pull it down pull tight go through several more and I'm just gonna follow the turquoise path do the same thing so go through three or whatever you like catch under the thread bridge create a loop go through your loop pull agin we're just working that tail into our stitching so once you've done that a number of times just keep working your thread so that your tail disappears there you go so those are secure. I'm going to take my thread zapper remove my thread we now have the end of our spiral rope stitch and it's solid beads aren't going anywhere, so now we need to attach the clasp and to do this I'm going to take a jump ring and in this case I'm using 11/0 seed beads so the maximum gauge of jump ring I want to use is twenty two gauge I have a four millimeter twenty-two gauge jump ring and 11/0 Toho seed beads opened jump ring and I'm just going to put the jump ring through that last turquoise bead on my spiral stitch before I close up attach it to my clasp then close the jump ring that side is done and you can see it's really secure so I'm not having to worry that I attached my jump ring to just plain thread and then they might pull through the little gap in the jump ring this is solid, this is not going anywhere and so what you'll do on the other side is just go ahead get rid of my old thread remove the stopper bead the way I do it that I find that is the easiest is put your needle through the bead and just pull it off this now do the exact same technique. Remove the needle I actually took my nail between my nail and my finger I just squeezed the thread. It flattens it and it makes it a little bit and makes a lot easier to thread the needle when you're using these really tiny needles do the same thing it's exiting the turquoise bead go down through the lavender ones up through another series next to them down through the turquoise which is the center spiral, the center core I went through two go under the thread bridge loop it pull it tight a couple more do this real quick then I'll show you one more time how to add that jump ring and attach it to the other half of your clasp if your ever worried about your knots not being secure enough go ahead and do a double knot so I passed through it once you can pass through it again make it even more secure one more jump ring and then my clasp is attached go up through that top bead of the top turquoise went in the core spiral add the other half of the clasp close the jump ring up we are going to go we've just finished my necklace and added in a clasp to a spiral rope stitch. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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