Today I’m sharing with you an extract from my Stargazer tutorial, showing how to make the beaded bead clasp which I hope you will find useful for other projects! These chunky beaded beads work brilliantly as a clasp for your beadwoven bracelets and necklaces or you can use them as they are for stringing with other beads. They’re quick and easy to make and are self supporting so there’s no need for a wooden core.
What you need
All you need are size 8 seed beads, a beading needle and beading thread. I’m using two colours of seed beads here, A and B, to make the tutorial a little clearer but you can use one colour throughout if you feel confident enough or have made beaded beads before.
How to make
Thread your needle with about half a metre of thread and pick up 4 A beads. Slide them down to about 8″ from the end of the thread and sew through them all again, plus one more, to create a circle. Pick up 1 B bead and sew through the next bead in the circle.
Repeat a further 3 times before stepping up through the first bead you added. Below I am adding the last bead and stepping up at the same time.
Pick up 2 A beads and sew through the next bead in the circle. Repeat a further 3 times, stepping up through the first 2 beads that you added.
Pick up 1 B bead and sew through the next 2 beads in the circle. Repeat a further 3 times before stepping up through the first bead you added. Pull the thread taut as you work, this will turn the beadwork into a cup shape.
Pick up 1 A bead and sew through the next bead in the circle. Repeat a further 3 times then step up through the first bead you added. Keep the thread taut as you work.
Sew through all 4 A beads to join them into a circle. Pull the thread taut to draw the beads together and weave the remaining thread into the work, tying one or two half-hitch knots as you go, before trimming. Weave the tail end of the thread in the same way and trim.
Your beaded bead is now ready to be used as a clasp for any bracelet or necklace! You can do this very easily by using the remaining thread at the end of your work.
Pick up a few seed beads (I’m using hex beads here), your beaded bead and a seed bead. Skipping the last seed bead, sew back through the beaded bead and the two seed beads and then into your bracelet/necklace. Reinforce this by repeating the same thread path one or two more times before securing and trimming your thread.
At the other end of your work use the tail end of the thread and pick up enough seed beads to go around the beaded bead (it will take trial and error to find the correct amount of beads!). Sew back into your bracelet/necklace to create a loop. Repeat the thread path several times to reinforce it and then secure your thread and trim as before.
If you’re interested in purchasing the whole tutorial, which shows how to make the Stargazer bracelet itself you can find it here in my Etsy shop.
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This tutorial must not be reproduced, distributed, published, taught, re-blogged or copied to sites such as Pinterest or Facebook without my permission. I’m happy for you to sell finished items made with the beads, please give this blog a mention if you do. All text and images belong to The Crimson Moon.