If you’ve been wondering how to end Peyote Stitch patterns, here are 7 easy ways to finish flat or tubular peyote stitch jewelry.
A common question from beaders is, “How do you finish Peyote Stitch patterns?”
There are several different ways you can go about it depending on the look you’re going for. Below you’ll find a list of techniques you can use to end a piece of flat or tubular Peyote Stitch.
Sidenote: There are so many types of Peyote Stitch. If you’re curious, here are 11 Fun Peyote Stitch Beading Techniques You Need To Try.
How To Finish Peyote Stitch Patterns
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1. Use Ribbon Crimp Ends
Ribbon crimp ends are metal findings. They look like pieces of metal that have been folded in half with a loop in the center where you can attach the clasp. Along the inner edges of each side of the folds are teeth.
These findings are traditionally used for ribbon, hence the name, but some beaders also use them to finish off flat Peyote Stitch patterns.
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This is not my favorite method, to be honest. You have to be very careful when squeezing the crimp end, otherwise you’ll end up breaking beads.
2. Attach A Clasp
You can attach any regular clasp to a strip of Peyote Stitch.
If you’re ending off a piece of flat Peyote Stitch, you can use a multi-strand clasp that fits the width of your jewelry.
Alternatively, you can attach a connector and then, add the clasp to that. For example, instead of a 3-strand clasp, you could use a 3-to-1 connector.
3. Decrease the Ends of Flat Peyote Stitch Patterns
If you’re using Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch, you may want to create a tapered end before attaching a clasp. This gives your beadwork a nice polished finish.
Here’s a tutorial for how to decrease Peyote Stitch to achieve this look:
4. Glue-In End Caps
If you’re creating beaded jewelry using tubular Peyote Stitch, glue-in end caps could be the perfect solution for finishing the ends.
Use a strong glue that dries clear and make sure you select the correct size end cap. You want it to fit snugly around your beadwork so it doesn’t fall off.
5. Zip Peyote Stitch Ends Together
To create a seamless join in the ends of your Peyote Stitch, all you need to do is zip the ends together. This is the perfect way to make bangles.
Here’s a tutorial for how to zip the ends of flat Peyote Stitch:
6. Add Beaded Toggle Clasps
Zipping the ends together is also used to create beaded toggle bars.
Make a small strip of Flat Peyote Stitch, roll it so the ends meet and zip them together. Attach a simple loop of seed beads on the opposite end of your jewelry that’s large enough to accommodate the beaded toggle.
Boom! You’ve got yourself a beaded toggle clasp that you can attach to Peyote Stitch patterns or any other piece of jewelry you like, for that matter.
If you’re making jewelry for anyone with metal allergies, this is a good solution for that.
7. Fold Over The Edges To Attach A Clasp
The final way you can end peyote jewelry is to fold the edges over a clasp.
Use D-ring or bar clasps along with this technique to create a professional finish for your beadwork.
As you can see, there are many options for ending Peyote Stitch. So, next time you’re making a piece using this bead-weaving technique, you won’t be scratching your head wondering how to finish it off nicely.