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I'll admit it.  I'm lazy.  

That's why most of the jewelry I make is skillfully crafted with stretchy cord!

It doesn't get any easier than this.  It's SO easy that we don't even offer a course on it..... 'cuz it would take a grand total of 5 minutes to teach. 

Now, don't get me wrong.  You can definitely mess up a stretchy bracelet, but if you do, all you need to do is pick up the beads and start over.  

Since we don't want you to go through that, we put together a short tutorial with the 411 on stretchy cord.  Here is EVERYTHING you need to know.  Seriously.  

When you finish watching this video you'll know :

I. How to choose the correct size for your project
We carry this cord in 3 sizes:
A- 1mm cord: This is the thickest of the 3 cords and we recommend you use it when creating a heavy bracelet (a.k.a. when using big gemstones)
B0.7mm cord: This is the "best seller".  The middle child.  The size in between.  It's not too thin nor too thick.  Perfect for 6mm and 8mm beads. 
C- 0.5mm cord: Last but not least, there's the 0.5mm cord. Its the thinnest of the three and is mainly used for pearl bracelets.  (PS: Most pearls have a smaller hole than regular gemstones) 
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II. How to close a stretchy bracelet like a Boss: 
(Make sure to watch the video to see how's it done!)
Begin by making a regular knot. 
Then, make another knot.
Then....(here's the trick!) place both cords together and make a knot on top of the other two.  Make sure to tighten the final knot, as shown in the video.  
Voilá
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III. How to cover the ugly knot
You've got 3 alternatives for covering that ugly looking knot.
1. You could leave the knot exposed (please don't choose this option)
2. Or you could pull the knot until you've hidden it inside the gemstone.
3. Finally, you could place a crimp cover on top of the knot! (The crimp cover, if placed correctly, should look like a silver or gold bead)
Click below to watch, learn & make jewelry!
PS: Yesenia (our Designer in Chief's) nail polish today is from Finger Paints Gel Polish
Color- Stay true to the art
Dots- Black Canvas

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