How to Add a Fastener to a Cord Necklace

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How to Add a Fastener to a Cord Necklace
Metal clasps add a finishing touch to cord necklaces. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Cords are useful when it comes to making necklaces, as they are a quick and easy way to turn your favourite pendant or beads into wearable art. Necklace cording can be cut to length as well, so your necklace will be exactly the size you'd like. Metal clasps or fasteners for cord ends will finish your piece and are not difficult to attach once you've done it once or twice.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cord necklace
  • 2 crimp ends
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
  • Chain-nosed pliers
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Slide a crimp clasp onto one end of the necklace. Be sure to align it so the clasp mechanism is pointing away from the necklace.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the tube portion of the crimp clasp gently between the jaws of the chain-nose pliers. Tug gently on the cord to ensure the clasp is tightly secured. If not, squeeze the clasp tube again until the cord no longer slips.

  3. 3

    Hold the necklace cord around your neck or a friend's neck to determine if the necklace cord needs to be shorter before attaching the final clasp piece. If necessary, cut off some of the cord using your scissors.

  4. 4

    Place the partnering crimp clasp piece on the open end of the necklace cord, again ensuring the clasp mechanism is pointing away from the necklace. Crimp the tube as you did in Step 2. Be sure to tug the necklace to make sure the clasp is securely fastened. Trim any excess cord with scissors.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have chain-nose pliers, other small pliers will do. Place a small cloth or folded paper towel between the crimp clasp and the pliers if the pliers' jaws have ridges. This will protect the clasp from scratches when assembling.
  • If you plan to make more than one cord necklace, it is cost effective to buy a small roll of cording and a package of crimp ends. Most craft stores that carry jewellery-making supplies carry these items.
  • Be sure the cord is longer than or equal to your desired necklace length before attaching the crimp beads. It would be hard to remove them and reattach them.
  • Always pull-test the necklace to be sure the clasp tubes won't slide off.
  • Make sure the crimp clasps are the proper width for your cording. For instance, leather cord necklaces require wider crimp clasps than hemp, plastic or string cord necklaces.

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