Stitch Pro: One Way to Finish a Flat Peyote-Stitch Band

Nov 21, 2013

I've made many pieces of beaded jewelry that dazzle my eyes, tease my brain, and test my neck strength. But I have to admit, when it comes to accessorizing, my go-to wearable these days is a humble, flat, peyote-stitched band. I love this style of bracelet for its simple elegance. They look great with just about any outfit and they're so quick and easy to make, you can to create array of colors for your jewelry box.

Stitching up a band of peyote, brick, or square stitch is often the first thing that beaders learn to do. But once the piece is made, there's often a "What now?" moment. How does one get the beadwork onto one's wrist? There are lots of ways to make a bracelet out of a beadworked strip, but here's one way that you might not have seen before that employs a ribbon crimp. What's a ribbon crimp? Here's a photo of one style:

It's a metal finding that has a bunch of little teeth along its edge which are meant to bite into ribbon or leather or, in our case, a strip of beadwork. The one in this photo is extra fancy because it's got a clasp and extender chain connected to it, but you can also purchase these findings plain.

So, to make a bracelet with one of these findings, you'll first stitch a piece of beadwork that is the exact same width as the crimp. Make it long enough to reach your desired length minus the length of the clasp.

Because we're going to be clamping the beadwork with the metal, I'd recommend reinforcing the ends with lots of thread passes, then add some acrylic floor polish to the area that will be crimped. (It doesn't hurt to do the whole strip, but do a test patch first to make sure the polish looks okay on the beads you've used; it can tend to make things a little shiny.)

Next, use flat-nose pliers to VERY GENTLY close the crimp over the end of the beadwork. Now remember, beads are glass, so you don't want to squeeze so hard that you break your beads! Just squeeze enough to cover the beads and let the teeth slightly bite into the threads between them. 

If you'd like some extra security, squeeze a little bit of jeweler's glue (like GS Hypo Cement) into the fold. It's that simple!

What's your favorite way to finish off a beadworked strip? Please share your ideas here, on the Inside Beadwork blog.

Happy beading!

Jean Campbell

Senior editor, Beadwork magazine

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on Nov 21, 2013 7:31 AM

Thank you for your help in this matter. I always find that you have a lot of knowledge  on these subject. I appreciate that. I do have one question, why use the Acrylic  Floor Shine? Thank you again. Linda

Helen@161 wrote
on Nov 21, 2013 8:52 AM

I use the floor wax when ever I want to stiffen a piece of beadwork. used it to stiffen the petal of beaded flowers.  Simply lay the work on a piece of waxed paper so it doesn't stick and lightly brush the floor wan onto the beads.  Let it dry overnight and you are done.

on Nov 22, 2013 6:36 PM

Linda- Adding the acrylic floor polish to the beadwork helps strengthen the threads between beads. Because you're adding metal to glass and thread, the bracelet can be prone to breakage, but if you add the floor polish, you lessen the risk. Here is a blog that describes this process more in depth:

ctutt wrote
on Nov 23, 2013 6:34 PM

I have used floor wax on peyote for years; it keeps the thread flexible and somewhat clean. [I found the floor wax in the workshop of the house we own now…I don't even think they make it any more, so when I run out I guess I'll try the acrylic!]

on Nov 24, 2013 6:25 PM

Me encanto el contenido de esta semana en especial el acabado de las pulseras ahora me van a quedar mas finas. Gracias por compartirlo.

zeldacheri wrote
on Nov 25, 2013 7:05 PM

This is interesting.  When I think about using a toothed crimp bar on a peyote strip of delicas, however, I can almost hear the crunch, crunch of all those delicas being mashed in the teeth!  Can you do use these with delica strips?

taxlady1953 wrote
on Dec 11, 2013 9:56 PM

Thank you for the detailed instructions. I made a bracelet with this type of closure 2 years ago. A favorite and I wear it a lot. I noticed that it is breaking under the teeth. I presume the threads are being cut. Will more threads stop this from happening?

A second Linda

spoodle22 wrote
on Nov 14, 2014 12:38 AM

what is holding the crimp on -  looks like nothing! the teeth are not biting into anything but air

spoodle22 wrote
on Nov 14, 2014 12:39 AM

what is holding the crimp on -  looks like nothing! the teeth are not biting into anything but air

spoodle22 wrote
on Nov 14, 2014 12:39 AM

what is holding the crimp on -  looks like nothing! the teeth are not biting into anything but air