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