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How To Make Professional Looking Beaded Browbands, Belts, Halters and Collars
Emptychannelbrowband,belt,dog collarorhalterfrom www.DelfinaSaddlery.com Silverbeadingwire0.3mm$2.00at WalMartbetterthanhigherpriced beadingwiresfromfancycraftstores! Leather/Gloversneedles(Dritzbrand) boughtfromBeverlysCrafts Smallhemostatboughtonebay. Coats&ClarkOutdoorUVresistant blackthreadWalMart

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Stringbeadsonto2strandsofbeading wire.Thelengthsofthewireshouldbe severalincheslongerthanthebead channelsoyouhaveroomoneachend totieaknotandhidetheendsasIwill showlater.Thestrandofbeadsshould bethesamelengthoraboutonebead longerthanthechannelwhenitislying flatiftheproductissomethinglikea browband,collar,beltornosebandofa halterthatwillhavetobendwhenitis finished.

Threadoneofthestrandsontothe leatherneedleandpushtheneedle, usingthehemostat,throughthe channeltopleatherangledsoitcomes outbetweenthetopleatherandthe softpadding. Becarefulnottopokeyourselfwhen youpushtheneedlethrough!

Pullthethreadthrough. Thenfeedthesecondstrandthrougha littledistanceawayfromthefirst strand.

Tieasquareknotinthebeadingwire.

Doaquadrupleorgreaterknottoadd securityandmakesureitwillnotslip.

Tightentheknot.

Feedthelooseendsthroughtheneedle.

Inordertohidethelooseendsandthe knot,feedtheneedlebetweenthetop leatherandthesoftpadding.Theknot shouldstayonthesideyoutiediton, butbepulledjustdeeperintothe paddingwhilethelooseendsarepulled allthewaytotheotherside.Pullthe beadendofthewiretotakeupthe slack.

Sonowyouhaveahiddenknotandthe looseendsstickingouttheotherside.

Pullthelooseendstightandcutas closetotheleatheraspossible,thecut endshouldsnapbackwhenthetension isgoneandbeburiedwithinthe padding.Ifnotyoucanuseadremel tooltofiledowntheremainingwire.

Youshouldhaveanicecleanlooking end.Nowrepeatontheotherendof yourstrand.

Nowbothendsshouldbeniceand cleanlookingandthebeadsanchored firmlyoneachside.

Nowtoanchoryourbeadsdownthe lengthofthebrowband,threadyour needlewiththesturdyblackthreadand feedtheneedlebetweenthesoft paddingandthetopleathersoitexits inthebeadchannel.

Nowfeedyourneedletoexitthebead channelbetweenthetopleatherand thesoftpadding.Whenpulledtightthe threadwillliebetweenthefirstpink pearlandthesilvercrystalrondelle.

Feedtheneedlebackthroughalittle furtherdown.Thistimethethreadwill liebetweenthe2ndsilvercrystal rondelleandthesilvermelonbead.

Andfeedtheneedlebackthroughthe otherside.

Nowyouhavetwoendsonthesame side.Pullthethreadthroughsoyou haveoneveryshortendandonevery longend. Tieaquadrupleorgreatersquareknot usingthetwoends. Thelongendwillcontinuetoweave backandfourthinbetweenthebeads tosecurethem.OnthisbrowbandI passedbackandfourthonbothendsof everymelonbeadtoanchorthe beadingwiredown. Theshortendwillbethelooseendthat willbepulledthroughtotheotherside ofthebrowbandtohidetheknotand theextralooseendwillbepulledtight andcutclosetotheleatherjustlike whatwasdonewiththebeadingwire onbothends. Onceyouhavewovenbackandfourth inbetweenthebeadsdownthelength ofthebrowbandandareafewbeads fromtheotherend,cutasecondstrand ofblackthreadandplacethemiddleof itintheloopoftheotherthread. Thiswillbeusedtotiedowntheother end.

Weavethefirststrandbackoverin betweenthenextbeadsuntiltheendof thefirststrandisonthesamesideas thenewstrandyouadded.

Tieaquadrupleorgreatersquareknot holdingthetwonewendsasifthey wereonestring.

Tightendowntheknot.

Cutthethreeendssotheyareallthe samelength.

Threadthethreelooseendsontothe needleandfeedbetweenthetop leatherandthesoftpaddingandpullto theotherside.Thiswillpulltheknotin tightertotheleather.

Photoshowingpullingtheneedle throughtheotherside.

Pullthethreadstightandcutcloseto theleather.

**Optional** Ifanyknotsarenothiddenaswellas youwouldlike,youcanstuffthem deeperintothecrevicebetweenthe paddingandtopleather,addafew dropsofsuperglueandsqueezethetop leatherandpaddingtogetherusingthe hemostats,holdforabout30seconds. Willleaveafinishedandpolishedlook. Anyscratchesorholesonyour browbandfromneedleworkcanbe coveredupwithliquidshoepolish dabbedonwithasoakedcottonswab applicator. Finished!

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