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Weave-Along 9: Finishing your bead and crystal necklace

I have made two of these bracelets (successfully . . . since I made three before I made the one I finally liked) and I’ve finished them both slightly differently although using the same concept.  So although I’ve come up with a couple of fun and workable ways to finish them, if you want to change it up a bit, feel free.

Weave 41 sections of the 8/0 bead pattern and end with a row of crystals.

Do NOT cut your piece off the loom.  Simply release the tension and slide out the warp bar.  Then . .

Trim your ends as little as possible making the ends on each side of the necklace even.

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Thread a beading needle with beading thread and tie an overhand knot at the end.  You will use this to slide the porcelain beads onto the silk warps.

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Divide off four warp threads on one end of necklace and slide on one of the smaller porcelain beads.

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Tie an overhand knot.  To get the knot snugly next to the bead, stick a needle into the knot and push it toward the bead.

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Do the same for four warp threads on the other end of the piece.

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Put the two ends of your piece side-by-side and slip another small porcelain bead onto the remaining six warp threads thereby joining the ends of your necklace together.  Tie an overhand knot to keep it in place.

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Add the last small porcelain bead after the first one.

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 Tie another overhand knot.

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Isolate four (note: this is a correction, it previously said three, sorry about that!) warp threads that emerge from the single porcelain beads.

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Using your threaded bead needle slide on one of the long porcelain beads.

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Tie an overhand knot to keep the bead in place.

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Repeat for the other side.

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Next slide crystals (or beads) onto the ends of all the warp threads.  You can slide more than one or a combination of beads and crystals.  I have used just one crystal for each end.

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Tie an overhand knot to keep the crystal in place.

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This is how my piece looks!

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Wear and enjoy or make a friend very happy.  Happy holidays to all!!!!!!!

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