How to Secure a Stretch Cord Bracelet

SKU VID-1602
Designer: Kat Silvia
Skill Level: Beginner
In this video you will see how to reinforce your stretch bracelets with strategically placed knots and glue to extend their life and wear.
Audio Transcript
Note: This audio transcript is auto-generated and may not be completely accurate.
Hi, this is Kat with beadaholique.com breaking or wearing out over time and that can happen but I'm going to show you a couple little tricks that I've learned over the years that really help reinforce them so we are going to be using the beadsmith opal on here and this is our stretch jewelry fiber I have some 8 millimeter wood beads here and these are gonna help you just sort of demonstrate the technique but please feel free to use whatever beads that you want I'm gonna be using a big eye needle and I brought this out because what's really great is in the pack you get four of them so you can really utilize these for a lot of different projects but just to kind of give you a little sneak peek here this has a really big eye in fact it's the whole length of the needle so this is really great and easy for stringing alright so I have a pair of snips you can also use scissors as well and then we're gonna be using a little bit of glue and for this I recommend getting the gs hypo cement alright so if you have your little supplies here let's go ahead and get started so we're gonna begin by taking some of our opal on here and we're just gonna get a good long length because what we're gonna do is we're gonna string through and then string back around so you want to make sure that if you're doing a 7 inch bracelet you want to get 14 but you also want to get a little extra because we're gonna be doing some knots there as well so I'm actually gonna leave mine on the spool and then that's an easier judge so what I'm gonna do is open my eye needle slip on the opal on now the big eye needle does have a tendency to wear the opal on just a little bit because it can be a little sharp there so you don't want to place it halfway down because you'll end up sort of sacrificing that opal on but you can place it maybe an inch or two down from there cuz we're just gonna end up cutting that off anyway alright so once you've gotten that ready to go we're just gonna string up our beads and go ahead and send them all the way down your stretch cord there now we love using opal on it's the best that we found it has the most flexibility and string so if you are looking to purchase some stretch cord we do sell it at beadaholique.com and we saw many different sizes of spools so if you're just getting into it you just want to try it we do sell small spools we also sell big bulk packs so it is whatever you guys need we've got it all right okay so now I've gotten all of my beads strung there so I'm going to kind of move that a good ways down there because what I want to do is I'm gonna go ahead and kind of make it curved there and I'm gonna take this and bring it all the way back to the front there so I'm gonna actually scooch it down just a little bit further cuz you're just kind of eyeballing this obviously it's going to be a little bit tighter when you wear it but just to kind of eyeball okay that'll get me around at least once more and plenty of room for knotting all right so now just same as we did before just go through all those beads just one more time and this is where that big eye needle is really helpful it just finds its way straight through there and you can just see that it just kind of zips up there at the end and these wood beads are really great I love the colors and this is a nice multi pack of colors so if you did want to incorporate some wood beads into your stretch bracelet perhaps you want to include some other beads as well this is great because you'll get the chance to add you know maybe just a yellow or a black or you know a white or a light light brown so you have lots of options there alright and I'm almost back to the beads that I strung so I'm going to come all the way back to the front and now you want to be coming out the same side so let me kind of flip this around here for you alright so I've gone through once and through twice so I think I'm safe to clip off my opal on now and we're just gonna set that aside so now what we're gonna do is I'm gonna actually just remove this because I don't want to poke myself we're gonna use it again in a minute so now you take both of these ends and you're just gonna tie a nice overhand knot but before you do that go ahead and try to scooch them down now one thing that happens a lot with stretch is that you get it too tight and then the beads kind of crinkle you don't want that you want it to kind of feel a little bit loose not too loose where there's gonna be any thread showing but a little bit sort of malleable so what we're gonna do is we're just gonna take this and we're just going to tie one over him not right at the top there and go ahead and pull that down and we want to give it a nice little tug again making sure that our beads aren't crunching together so now we're gonna tie another little knot at the top so what we're gonna do now is I'm gonna tie a third nap but I'm gonna do it a little differently because I want to catch that bottom cord there because if you see the knots are on the top not the bottom there so what we're gonna do is we're gonna kind of link these together so I'm gonna take one of my cords and go down and sort of come up through there and it makes a little loop and I'm just gonna string my cord through that loop and what that does is that catches that second cord there so let me give it a little tug and now you can see that we have those cords tied together so just repeat that with the other end just the same way so you kind of go through the center come up and go through your little loop and tie a little knot alright so now that we have a nice good knot that's happening there nice and thick so now what we want to do is we're gonna take our big eye needle and open it there we go string it onto one side there and I'm gonna take this side and I'm gonna go through this first bead here and I'm gonna go through the second bead all right go ahead and take that off and you guessed it we're just gonna repeat that on the other side now you can try to get your stretch cord through there but sometimes it can be a little little flimsy so if you are better working without the needle you can do that as well alright so like we did on the other side we're going through one bead and going through two so now you can see what we have going on here is we have our not there in the center and our two cords coming out here to the side now it's time to add a little dab of glue I'm just going to use a little baggie just to protect my surface here so the great thing about GS hypo cement is that it has this great little needle on the end that the glue comes out of so you can really get it nice and tight in there all right so I'm gonna kind of separate the beads there and you can see my big knot that's happening there and I'm just gonna get a little bit of glue kind of getting it all around there just a little bit all the way around the knot there we go all right all right I'm gonna set that down real quick now here's the trick take one of your beads and slide it over the knot and that is going to be your closure so now you can kind of let everybody come together and this is why you keep those sides out there to the side so that Brown bead right there has the glue inside of it so he's gonna kind of mold everything together so now the trick is to let this sit for I'd say at least 24 hours because you really want a nice strong bond there but what we've done is we've created a little knot and we've sort of hidden it inside one of our little beads there so I'm not gonna stretch it out because I don't want that to happen right now but I am gonna go ahead and clip off the little sides here if you want for a little extra reinforcement if you are using a heavier stone let's say you're doing this with gemstones what you can do is you can take your little cord here and you can actually kind of just repeat almost the whole little process that I just did of taking it going through one bead there we'll go through here and then we're gonna kind of come down and around and make a little loop and tie another little knot there so you can kind of repeat that process if you want and pull it through and add a little bit of glue to a secondary knot you do not have to but if you are using like I said heavier gemstones that could be an option for you as well because we want your stretch bracelets to have a nice beautiful long life to them all right so be sure to let that dry 24 hours and then it is all yours to wear and enjoy you can get all of these supplies by heading over to beadaholique.com and if you're new to our YouTube channel be sure to hit that subscribe button below

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