Rubber-cord necklaces are smooth, thick and easy to bead. Rubber also tends to have a little stretch which can make the necklace or bracelet more forgiving if it gets caught on something. Novice jewellery makers often have trouble trying to figure out how to finish the necklace or bracelet. Some try the knot method and discover that rubber doesn't knot well. The better solution is to work with a tab end cap. This can create the professional finish you want for your piece.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Jewellery glue
- Tab end caps
- Chain-nose pliers
- Flat-nose pliers
- Jump ring
Place the clasp assembly on a work surface. This assembly usually consists of a clasp and two rings. Line up the assembly and measure the length. Add this measurement to your calculations when you are determining the finished length of your rubber cord.
Cut the ends on your rubber cord to the desired length.
Apply jewellery glue to the end of the cord. Place the cord into a tab end cap so that the loop end is facing away from the rubber cord. Press the cord glue onto the tab.
Close the tabs of the end cap around the cord using chain-nose pliers. The cap should fit snugly and smoothly over the rubber. Allow the glue to dry for 15 minutes. Repeat on the other end of the cord.
Hold a jump ring with flat pliers and open the end with chain-nose pliers. Thread the jump ring onto your clasp. Thread the jump ring onto the loop end of one end cap. Close the jump ring with flat pliers and chain-nose pliers.
Attach a jump ring to the other end of the rubber cord by opening the ring and threading it through the loop on the end cap. Close the jump ring.
Tips and warnings
- There are several end cap styles from which to choose, and a wide variety of clasps. This basic technique will work for most of these styles.
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