There are bowls of beads in all sorts of colours.

You should choose the colours you like. Then, take the beads one, or several, at a time and place them in a row on the folded cardboard. You can try out various colour combinations this way and see in advance how a necklace or bracelet might look. You can also change your mind and switch the order of the colours. Another advantage to arranging the beads on a piece of cardboard first is that you will know exactly how many beads you need. For example, if you want to make a necklace, the whole length of the cardboard should be filled with beads. A bracelet would only require half the length.

Once you like your necklace or bracelet design and the beads have been placed on the cardboard, you are ready to begin stringing them. The very end of the thread must go through each bead. The clasp will prevent the beads you are stringing from sliding off. The end of the thread should then be threaded back through the beads until it is completely hidden. This technique will create a very sturdy object.

While you are stringing the beads, you should leave your work on the table.

For the bracelet closure, you need to make knots around the clasp with the end of the thread. The remaining thread should be threaded back through the beads, up to about 15 of them, as you did at the other end. Use scissors to cut off any excess thread.
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