I hope the illustrations below will give you an idea of how I like to complete my design.
I usually like to use transparent, size 15 round beads to make the loop but then I change it up from time to time, depending on the design. I may use 1.3 to 2 mm. tube crimp beads instead and slide a jump ring right through it. I double or triple up the thread for this section to make it stronger. I don't think it makes much of a difference how you finish off your piece but I would caution slipping hardware directly through the glass bead to avoid cracking your work. Also, crimp (tube) beads have sharp edges so I use it only with my Fireline thread. You may want to substitute the crimp bead with another type of large hole bead such as a spacer, closed jump ring , split ring or decorative connector bead.
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