Free Bracelet Project with Clever Magnetic Clasp

Magnetic clasp stitched inside a seed bead tube.

Magnetic clasp stitched inside a seed bead tube.

A clasp can easily be integrated into a design so you don’t know where the design begins or ends. As reviewed in a recent post, polymer is a great medium for hiding a clasp into, as is beadweaving, like we see in this illustration of a magnetic clasp being stitched into a beaded tube.

"For the Love of Black & White," by Tammy Honaman, 2016, waxed linen, pewter, silver-plated clasp, lampworked glass beads

“For the Love of Black & White,” by Tammy Honaman, 2016, waxed linen, pewter, silver-plated clasp, lampworked glass beads

While looking at magnetic clasps in my stash and by happy accident, a recent sample sent from Tierra Cast, I made a match! With some waxed linen, and some amazing lampworked beads, this bracelet design came together in no time!

In this bracelet project, the large black and white beads are by Worn Beadies and the black spacer beads by  Thornburg Bead Studios. (I bought these beads at BeadFest last year and hope to restock them this year!) To follow is the list of materials, instructions, and a few pictures so you can make one of these statement bracelet designs for yourself.

For the Love of Black & White
Materials:
Magnetic clasp – 6mm by Beadalon
Cord ends – 6mm, capitol style (new) by Tierra Cast
Waxed linen – 3 yards
Lampworked beads – 9
Lampworked spacers – 8
Delica, size 8 – 2
Scissors
Tweezers and/or beading awl
Big eye needle

Before you begin, check the stringing hole in your cord end to see if the opening will accommodate 4 strands of waxed linen. To make this work for me, I had to drill the end of the cord end using a 2.0mm size drill bit. You can do this by hand with a twist drill if you don’t have a power drill. The alternative is to use a cording that fits without having to drill.

Step 1: Thread the loop of one half of the magnetic clasp onto the length of waxed linen; move the clasp half to the center and fold the cording in half. Add a big eye needle so you can easily add the components and beads. Thread on one size 8 Delica then the larger opening of the cord end (facing so the magnetic clasp rests inside the cord end with the flat side of the magnetic clasp facing out).

Step 2: Place an overhand knot and tighten it so the knot rests right at the top of the cord end. Repeat so the second knot lands on top of the first knot.  Note: The size of the knot is visual at this point and intended to match the knots needed to keep the larger hole beads in place later.Step 2. Place an overhand knot to secure the cord end and magnetic clasp together. Place a 2nd knot on top of the 1st so the knots for the bracelet look consistent.Step 3: Thread on the first lampworked bead in your pattern, place two overhand knots so they rest right up against the bead. Thread on a few more beads, placing two knots between each.Step 3. Thread on the beads in your pattern, placing double overhand knots between each bead. Note: between the last two beads strung, the visual reference of why we need to make the knots larger or some beads would slide right over them.

Note: In this image you can see why it’s better to double and in some cases, triple the knots – the spacer beads in this design have larger holes and would otherwise slide right over the single (and in some cases, a double) knot.

Step 4: Continue stringing beads and placing knots until you almost reach the length you need. String on the last 2 beads but do not place knots after them. Thread on the cord end (facing so the larger end is facing out), a size 8 Delica, and the loop on the other half of the clasp. Bring the thread back through the Delica.
Step 4. String and pace knots between all the beads except the last 2. String on the cord end, a size 8 Delica bead, and the loop on the other half of the clasp. Bring the thread back through the Delica.Note: Passing the thread back through the Delica takes a little finesse. I removed the needle, trimmed the ends of the waxed linen to a point, and pushed the thread through using tweezers and the awl. You can use a larger cylinder bead if you prefer.

Step 5: Pass the thread back through the cord end so your thread is heading toward the beads. Pull everything together so there is very little space between the beads and the cord end; make sure the magnetic clasp is facing out and positioned correctly inside the cord end. Place a knot after the cord end. Tighten the knot down then place a 2nd knot on top of the 1st. Pass the needle back through the last bead strung and make 2 overhand knots.
Pass the needle back through the cord end, tighten up the beads and the clasp end, then place an overhand knot after the cord end to secure all the piece together. Place a 2nd overhand knot so it lands on top of the 1st knot. Pass the needle through the first bead then place 2 overhand knots between the 1st and 2nd beads. Trim the thread to finish.Trim the thread ends close to finish.
Thread ends cut close, clasp connected, bracelet complete.

"Baroque Sonata" bracelet project by Sandie Bachand.

“Baroque Sonata” bracelet project by Sandie Bachand.

 

Taking a look at a seed bead design with a wonderful and complementary clasp, it’s hard to know if the clasp informed the design behind the bracelet project, “Baroque Sonata” or if the design inspired the clasp choice.

Either way, it’s amazing how beautifully the two go together. The instructions for this design can be found in “Favorite Bead Stitches” or, come complete with the kit, which contains all the beads and crystals along with this beautiful  filigree clasp (available while supplies last!).

Findings can set the tone for a design, be the cherry on top, or be hidden so the design speaks for itself. Keep an assortment of options on hand so no matter when creativity strikes, and which direction it takes you, you are ready for your own happy accidental match.

Have a favorite finding you can share with us? Or a design you made that uses a clasp in a clever way? We’d love to hear from you at BeadingDaily.com.

Happy beading!
blue_tammy

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