Common cording used to make necklaces or bracelets is silk or satin cording. The cording is easily found for purchase in most hobby and craft stores. Threading items onto the cording that have holes through the ends or centres, such as beads, is a simple task. Connecting findings such as drops, links, spacer bars and clasps require the use of a crimping pliers and either jump rings or split rings. The ends of the silk cord are finished off with cord ends and clasps.
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Things you need
- Silk cord
- Jump ring
- Cord ends
- Crimping pliers
Pick up a jump ring and the crimping pliers. Gently pry open the connection of the jump ring far enough to slide the drop/pendant over the end.
Place the drop/pendant on the jump ring. Squeeze the jump ring connection closed. Note: Place the silk cord through the opening on the jump ring prior to closing. This will eliminate threading the silk cord through the jump ring after it is closed.
Thread the silk cord through the jump ring.
Dampen the end of the silk cord. Slide it into the opening of the cord end.
Place the cord end into the back hole on the crimping pliers making sure the silk cord does not slide out of the opening. Squeeze the crimping pliers closed.
Open the crimping pliers and rotate the cord end 1/4 turn toward the back of the pliers. Squeeze the crimping pliers. Repeat the process two more times.
Remove the cord end from the crimping pliers. Look at the cord end to see if it is round. Replace the cord end into the crimping pliers and apply pressure to any areas that need rounding.
Remove the end from the crimping pliers and tug to make sure the end is properly secured.
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