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Finishing Methods for Bead Stringing
Learn popular methods for finishing necklaces and other handmade jewelry with
end pieces, crimps, jump rings, split rings, knots and jewelry clasps. Most stringers develop personal favorites. This page is a brief overview with links to more information. If the instructions aren't on the category page, please click into a product's details for more information. For more opinions and examples, you may also want to invest in a couple stringing and beading books, or beading and stringing magazines with good tutorials. Experiment to find the methods that work best for you!
Choosing clasps is a mixture of your own personal preference, as well as your customer type, and the size and weight of your jewelry:
Customers with fading eyesight often prefer the size and ease of lobster clasps over spring rings.
Toggles and hook-&-eye sets are easy to put on and take off, but are inappropriate for lightweight necklaces.
The security of pearl clasps makes them a likely choice for expensive materials.
Inexpensive spring rings remain popular for most jewelry.
For free tips on choosing cord or necklace wire, see Stringing Materials & Methods. See below for a few of the most popular stringing & finishing methods. (Click the titles for more information.)
Crimp Beads (and crimp tubes) very popular for finishing stringing cable (beading wire); can be crimped + rounded with crimping pliers, or simply flattened with flat-nose pliers Crimp Covers nicely cover flattened crimp beads Crimp Tubes with Loop
use with large-diameter cord such as leather and cotton