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.
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.
Divide off four warp threads on one end of necklace and slide on one of the smaller porcelain beads.
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.
Do the same for four warp threads on the other end of the piece.
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.
Add the last small porcelain bead after the first one.
Tie another overhand knot.
Isolate four (note: this is a correction, it previously said three, sorry about that!) warp threads that emerge from the single porcelain beads.
Using your threaded bead needle slide on one of the long porcelain beads.
Tie an overhand knot to keep the bead in place.
Repeat for the other side.
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.
Tie an overhand knot to keep the crystal in place.
This is how my piece looks!
Wear and enjoy or make a friend very happy. Happy holidays to all!!!!!!!