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Ready to learn a bead weaving technique? Spiral rope chain is a great stitch for any beginner. Create necklaces or bracelets and play with color and bead sizes.
Size 8 Seed Beads - color A (core color)
Size 8 Seed Beads - color B (outside color)
Size D Beading Thread
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Perfect End Thread Burner
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
This technique is shown using a single thread but can also be created by doubling your thread. This will make your stitch tighter.
Try varying the pattern with different size seed beads or different color patterns.
For a basic spiral rope design, choose two colors - a core color (A) and an outside color (B).
Cut a piece of thread about six feet long. Thread your needle. Use wax or Thread Heaven to condition your thread and prevent fraying.
String a stop bead. This bead will be removed later so the color does not matter. Go back through the stopper bead to hold it in place. Position the stop bead about 12 inches from the end of the thread.
Begin your spiral rope by stringing four core beads (A).
String three outside beads (B).
Bring all the beads down to the end of thread, next to the stopper bead. Go back up through the four core beads.
String one A and three B beads.
Go back through the last four A beads.
Go back up through the last four A beads. As you continue working spiral rope, always turn each completed loop in the same direction. Hold the loops away from the core as you work to make the core easier to see.
Continue pattern by repeating steps 9 and 10 until you have reached the desired length.
If you have come to the end of your thread and still need to add beads, go back through the last three B beads.
Go back up through the last four A beads. Repeat steps 11 and 12 twice more.
Cut your thread.
To add thread, cut another piece of thread approximately 6 feet long. Remember to condition using wax or Thread Heaven. Thread your needle through the last four A beads. Leave about an inch of thread at the end.
Continue your pattern by stringing one A and three B beads.
Continue working pattern until you have reached desired length.
To add a clasp, thread one side of your clasp onto the thread.
Go back through the last three B beads.
Go back up through the last four A beads.
Then go through your clasp again and repeat steps 20 and 21 three more times to secure the clasp.
To clean up the ends of your thread, use a Perfect End Thread Burner. Burn, or melt, the end of your thread until the end is no longer visible.
Repeat steps 23 through 24 for all of your thread ends.
For the opposite end of your piece, remove the stop bead. Thread your needle onto the end of the thread and repeat steps 22 through 29 with the other side of your clasp.
Congratulations, you have completed a Spiral Rope Chain!