These instructions show you how to create a basic clasp for your beadwork
You will need a large bead either 8mm or 10mm works well and 11/0 or 15/0 seed beads, beading needle (size 12) and beading thread (Fireline or S-Lon).
Take your thread so that it exits a bead in the centre of your beadwork. Pick up 10 seed beads followed by an 8mm or 10mm bead. Pick up one more seed bead:
Now miss out the last seed bead threaded and take your needle back through the 8mm or 10mm bead. At this point you can either go back through the line of 10 seed beads that you added in step 1 or thread on another 10 seed beads as shown below:
Now take your needle back through the beadwork and back through all of the beads in the clasp to reinforce it. Finish off your thread by sewing back into the beadwork and knotting the thread around the thread in the beadwork. Pull the knot into a bead and trim.
To make the loop for the other side of the clasp pick up a quantity of seed beads that will just fit around your 8mm or 10mm bead – you don’t want it too tight but too loose will cause the clasp to fall open. Sew back into the bead that you exited your beadwork from and go back through all the beads in the loop to reinforce. Finish off your thread by sewing back into the beadwork and knotting the thread around the thread in the beadwork. Pull the knot into a bead and trim.
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