Digital Beading Magazine Issue 15 - Page 79

Step 2 2 Thread 35-40 beads onto each cord. Wind the excess cord onto bobbins. Braid in the beads by sliding a bead down the cord to the point of braiding and tuck it under the cord in front, before completing the move. It is important that the bead does not move out of this position (Photo 2). Keep it in place with a finger, if necessary. Add a bead in this manner every time a cord is moved, until the desired length has been reached. Braid for 1-2cm without beads. A common mistake is to overestimate the length of the bracelet. Make sure the length of the end caps and the clasp is taken into account. It is a good idea to check the length around the wrist because the curve and width of the braid will affect the fit of the bracelet. Step 3 3 Remove the braid from the disk and tie the ends in an overhand knot to prevent unraveling. Bind the ends of the braid with thread and apply a drop of all-purpose glue or fabric glue to the binding and the braid end. This will keep the cords secure and under control once the braid is cut and make them easier to fit into the end cap. Once the glue is set, but still soft, trim the braid ends to fit the end caps (Photo 3). Allow the glue to dry fully.