To successfully separate your finished braid from the working cords, you need to make sure the braid won’t come undone. The traditional binding method is easy and low-tech but is made more secure with the help of Fray Check or super glue, which require some drying time. The cord burner, a relatively recently-introduced tool, allows you to cut and seal the cords
in a single step, but it’s not required equipment.
Whatever method you choose, you should have worked a ½ in. (1.3 cm) section of unbeaded braid before delving into one of the following binding or sealing approaches.
To bind the unbeaded end of a braid, cut a 6-in. (15 cm) piece of thread or cord. It can be the same as your working cords or a different kind entirely. Wrap the cord tightly around the unbeaded braid end one or more times, and tie it with a square knot (photo a).