How to Finish a Cord Necklace

Written by ethan schwartz
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Finishing a necklace or bracelet without tying a visible knot is one of the most basic skills that distinguish a skilled jewellery maker from an amateur. There are many ways to finish chain and string necklaces, but fewer methods exist to professionally finish necklaces with cords of larger diameters. As designers have begun to use leather and dark cords to complement a rustic rock pendant or shell jewellery, end caps have become more popular and readily available.

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Things you need

  • Unfinished necklace
  • 2 cord tips
  • 2 headpins
  • "Super" glue

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  1. 1

    Purchase cord caps that are slightly bigger than the width of cord that you use. For example, if you use 1.5 millimetre cord, you may want to purchase 2 millimetre end caps so that you are sure that your cord end will still fit inside the cap.

  2. 2

    Cut a small length of 22- or 24-gauge wire and wrap it around your cord end to gather together any frayed ends and to create a more solid surface for your cord cap to rest on.

  3. 3

    Slide your cord cap onto a headpin.

  4. 4

    Add a small drop of "super" glue to both the end of your cord and the inside of your cord cap and bring the two together. Be careful when adding the glue to your cord cap; if your headpin does not fit securely in the cord cap, glue can run out of the headpin hole and onto your hands. Repeat these steps to complete the other side of your cord necklace.

  5. 5

    Allow the glue to dry according to the directions on the glue bottle.

  6. 6

    Wrap the end of the headpin around your round-nose pliers to create a small loop on top of the cord cap. Repeat this step for the other side of the cord.

  7. 7

    Open a jump ring by twisting its ends apart with two pairs of chain-nose pliers. Thread the opened ring through one of your cord cap loops and then through a lobster clasp. You can clasp your necklace around your neck by fastening the lobster clasp to the loop on the other cord cap.

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