Jewellery crafters use a multitude of strings, cords and chains when making their necklaces. String is simple enough to tie to a clasp, and there are a number of options for chain clasps. Cord poses a problem because it is bulkier than string and has nothing to hook into like the link of a chain. It is nevertheless possible to finish off a corded necklace with ease and style.
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Things you need
- Spring connectors
- Jump links
- Pliers (small, flat-nosed)
Select the spring connector that is the proper size for your cord. The end of the cord should fit snugly into the coils on the connector.
Insert the cord into the connector until the end of the cord is visible at the ring end of the connector and it will go no further.
Squeeze the first two coils at the open end of the connector closed around the cord with your pliers. They should be crimped enough to firmly hold the cord in place when you tug on the cord and connector, but not so tight as to cut or damage the cord.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for the other end of the cord so that each end is equipped with a spring connector.
Attach jump links to the rings on the spring connectors by opening the link slightly with your pliers and inserting them through the raised coil on the connectors.
Insert your chosen clasp into the open jump link.
Squeeze the jump link closed with your pliers so that the opening does not allow the connector coils or clasps to pass through it.
Tips and warnings
- A small spot of craft glue on leather cord before inserting it into the spring connectors will keep the smooth leather from slipping out.
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