By popular demand Becky has put together this helpful tutorial showing you how to make neat beaded end caps to give your beadwork a professional finish.
This technique is great for finishing off bracelets and necklaces made with PWAT (Peyote with a Twist), Herringbone, Cellini or tubular peyote stitch.
This tutorial is designed for intermediate beaders who already know basic stitches such as peyote.
To make a beaded end cap you’ll simply need size 11/0 seed beads in your choice of colour. We’ve chosen a contrasting colour in this tutorial as it will make it easier for you to understand the tutorial.
- With your needle exiting from your last row of beadwork pick up 6 11/0 beads:
- Lay the beads against your finished beadwork and stitch up through the 6th bead down from the one you exited in step 1:
- Pick up 1 11/0 and stitch up through the 5th bead added:
- Now peyote a strip of beadwork that is wide enough to fit around your beaded rope:
- Now “zip” both sides of your peyote together:
- Join your the beaded end cap to your beadwork like so:
- Now repeat this for the other end of your bead cap:
- Now you’re ready to close off the end of the cap. Add a picot edge of 3 11/0 beads all the way around the top of the cap:
- Now zip up this picot edge with a two rows of peyote:
- Now make a loop of seed beads (you may want to attach your clasp to the loop at the same time)