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Start with a comfortable thread length. I recommend about 5 feet (about 1.50 meter) for starting.
String a stopper bead leaving about 4″ (10 cm) tail. Go through the stopper bead twice to anchor the bead. (Stopper bead is an 11/0 round seed beads different color from those you are working with. This bead you will remove at the end of your work or if mentioned otherwise).
Never use the same thread you worked in your beading project to attach the clasp. Use a new thread. This will assure and allow you to replace the clasp in case in got broken or extend your work, without losing your work.
Usually I think it is best to knot the new thread into the work a few beads before the end of the thread. The knot should be between two beads and then continue through the beads that the old thread is coming out of. Only then finish the old thread.
Never cut the thread near the knot point. The knot point is a weak point and can be opened. After attaching the new thread between two beads with double knot, I recommend to take the short tail left and pass it back through the beads (at least 2 inches) before cutting.
Finish all threads before adding the clasp. Try to leave the beads you will attach the clasp to, free from threads as much as you can.
For this project you will need: