Peyote Stitch Bead and Loop Clasp

Make a Clasp for Your Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet

Use this technique to add a simple beaded clasp to any peyote stitch cuff bracelet. If your bracelet band is extra-wide, you can make two, three, or even four of these bead and loop clasps along the ends.

  • 01 of 09

    Gather Your Materials

    Completed bead and loop clasp
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. A completed bead and loop clasp.

    To make one clasp, you'll need beading thread, the beading needle that you used to make your bracelet, a larger bead for the bead-end of the clasp, and some seed beads.

    FireLine is an excellent thread choice because it is unlikely to stretch out (unlike nylon threads) and is strong and fray resistant. You can use an existing thread tail on your beadwork or weave-in to start a new thread. If you use an existing tail, it should be a minimum of about two feet long.

    The example in this tutorial...MORE uses 4 size 8 seed beads, 15 size 11 cylinder beads (Delicas), 14 size 15 round seed beads, and one 6mm by 8mm Chinese crystal rondelle. Tools you may need are embroidery scissors to make the initial cut on the FireLine, and a thread burner to trim off the ends after weaving it in.

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  • 02 of 09

    Position the Thread

    The thread positioned for the bead end of the clasp
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. The thread positioned for the bead end of the clasp.

    Weave through the beadwork and bring the needle out between the two beads at the end of your cuff where you want to place the bead end of the loop. If you're making just one clasp, as shown, try to center the clasp as much as possible.

    In the example, there are ten columns of peyote stitch, and the thread is brought out between the fifth and sixth bead in the last row.

  • 03 of 09

    String the Beads for the Bead End of the Clasp

    The beads strung for the bead end of the clasp
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. The beads strung for the bead end of the clasp.

    String three seed beads, the clasp bead, and one more seed beads. In the example, there is one size 8 bead, one size 11 Delica, one size 8 bead, the crystal rondelle, and one more size 8 bead. It's important that the beads on either side of the clasp bead (the rondelle in this case) are larger enough not to slip through the hole on the clasp bead.

    Slide all of the beads down against the beadwork.

  • 04 of 09

    Reverse Direction and Weave Into the Bracelet Band

    Thread sewn back down through the clasp beads
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. Thread sewn back down through the clasp beads, seed beads, and back into the beadwork.

    Reverse direction and pass back down through the clasp bead and the seed beads below it. Hold the beads between your fingers and pull the thread until the tension tightens up. Eliminate any gaps between the beads.

    Weave through the next two adjacent beads going in the same direction that you were weaving when you brought the thread out to begin the clasp. In the example, that means the thread passes through the sixth and seventh beads in the last row of beadwork. Pull the thread taut.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Reinforce the Clasp and Weave-In the Thread

    Thread path
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. Thread path for reinforcing the bead end of the clasp.

    Reverse direction in the bracelet band and then pass back up into clasp. 

    Pass up through all of the beads that you strung in Step 3, reverse direction, and pass back down through all of them again. Pull the thread taut, and then weave-in and end the thread within the bracelet band.

  • 06 of 09

    Start the Loop End of the Clasp

    The base bead for the beaded end loop strung
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. The base bead for the beaded end loop has been strung.

    At the other end of the bracelet band, bring the thread out in the same location that you brought it out on the first end. String one bead to serve as the base bead for your beaded loop. Here, a size 8 seed bead is used. Slide that bead down against the beadwork.

  • 07 of 09

    String the Beads for the Loop

    The loop being held taut temporarily by pinching the thread beneath the base bead
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. The loop being held taut temporarily by pinching the thread beneath the base bead.

    String enough seed beads to make a loop that is just large enough to fit comfortably over the large bead on the other end of your clasp.

    If you don't know how many beads to use, experiment by guessing and then passing the needle back down through the base bead. Pull the loop taut and then clamp the thread between your finger and thumb just beneath the base bead. Try sliding this temporary loop over the clasp bead. If you need to make the loop slightly larger or smaller (by adding or...MORE subtracting beads), pull the thread back through the base bead and try again.

    For the example, there are 28 beads, alternating between Delicas and size 15 round seed beads for a decorative effect.

  • 08 of 09

    Tighten the Loop and Weave Into the Bracelet Band

    The end loop tightened and the thread woven back into the band
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. The end loop tightened and the thread woven back into the band.

    Once your loop is the correct size, pull the thread to tighten it and then weave into the bracelet band. Once again, go in the same direction that you stitched when you first brought the needle out to make the beaded end loop. In the example,the thread passes through the sixth bead in the row and through an adjacent bead.

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    Reinforce the Loop and Weave-In the Thread

    The completed beaded clasp
    Chris Franchetti Michaels. The completed beaded clasp.

    Reinforce the end loop by reversing direction in the beadwork twice by making a U-turn, passing up through the base bead and the entire loop again (being careful not to skip any beads), and down through the base bead again. Pull the thread tight.

    Weave-in and trim off the thread to complete your clasp. To latch the clasp, simply slide the large bead through the beaded loop.

    Edited by Lisa Yang