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To provide structure, and to make your soutache design ready to make into jewelry, you will need to add a beading foundation backing behind the beadwork. This will also hide your cord and threads for a more finished look.
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Pencil or pin
Size 10 English Beading Needles
Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
If the back of your soutache jewelry design is lumpy, add stuffing or a piece of card stock in the shape of your piece to the back, then glue and stitch your backing on.
Trace about 1/8-inch around the outside of the finished design on a piece of paper.
Cut the outline with scissors. Set the cut paper onto the beading foundation (backing) and trace the outline, or pin the paper to the beading foundation and cut around the edge.
Apply white glue to the back of the soutache design, and stick the cut backing in place. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Once the glue is dry, use sharp scissors to cut off the excess backing around the edge.
Tie a knot at the end of a piece of thread, and insert the needle through the backing to anchor the thread in place, about 1/8 inch from the edge of the backing.
Stitch through the center channel of the outermost cord, going through the outside edge.
Stitch along the center channel of the outermost cord, pass back through the center channel of the cord, heading toward the back.
Come out through the back, about 1/8 inch from the edge. Make a stitch, and pass back through the backing, heading toward the front of your piece.
Continue all the way around the edge, until the entire backing is anchored firmly to the front.
Knot the end of the thread to secure it. If you plan to add a beaded edge, leave the thread in place. If you are finished, trim off the thread ends.
Congratulations, you have added a backing to a soutache design!