Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to attach a bead cap to a beaded Kumihimo or crochet rope

So far I haven't been to a bead store that carries everything I need to complete a project. Most of the time, I went in the store with a certain idea or a color scheme in mind. After an hour of browsing and searching, I walked out with materials for a completely different project because I couldn't find the right size and complement color beads or correct findings to finish a piece of bead work.
My dilemma this time was looking for a two inch 24-gauge head pin to attach the bead cap to a Kumihimo necklace. I had to resort to the craft wire. Other gauges would work, but I prefer size 24 gauge wire; it is not too thin nor too thick to bend and wrap. Sometimes, the alternative works out better. I now prefer attaching the bead cap this way since it doesn't pull and tug the bead like my other tutorial.

Step 1: Cut about 3 inches of wire.

Step 2: Insert the wire in the middle of the braid as close to the beads as possible.

Step 3: Trim the extra threads. Bend the wire upward.

Step 4: Wrap the wire around the braid a couple of times. Insert the bead cap and make a wrapped loop.

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