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How to finish a multi-strand necklace with bullet ends

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

"Spring" assortment of Hemptique cord with Maori-style fishhook pendant.

Hello, bloglandia! As promised, here are the instructions for finishing a multiple-strand piece of jewelry (like the braided hemp necklace I made with the Kumihimo disk) using glue-on bullet ends.

Bullet ends are much less bulky than knots on multistrand designs.

A bullet end is a jewelry finding that hides cord ends and makes a clean transition to a clasp. Bullet ends are also called end caps, barrel caps, and a variety of other creative names. Just make sure the caps you are using have loops on the ends and that they are wide enough to accommodate your cording. (I used these.)

  1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of your piece.
  2. Take a piece of thread and wrap it tightly around the end several times (this is also called “whipping”). Tie a double knot to secure and trim the thread ends.
  3. Cut the braid between the thread and the knotted end.
  4. Fill the bullet end about half way with glue and insert the cord. Make sure that it goes in as far as it can, and that the thread whipping is covered by the bullet end. Clean up any oozing glue immediately.
  5. Use jump rings to attach a clasp.

Make sure to let the glue cure fully before wearing. (For E-6000, this means 24 hours. ) The glue will be dry long before then, but to be safe, let it cure all the way.

E-6000 is one of my favorite glues because it holds up nearly as well as a 2-part epoxy, but you don’t have to measure and mix. Whatever glue you use, just make sure that is is compatible with both metal and fibers. Although instant gratification is tempting, super glue (cyanoacrylate glue) is a bad choice for this project because it can’t fill the gaps between the cord and the metal very well.

That is all there is to it! This technique works equally well with leather, ribbon, rattail and other types of cord. ~ Cindy



How to make a sliding adjustable necklace

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

…with no knots! This easy leather necklace design uses sliding cord adjusters that simply glue on to the ends of the cord. Push the ends closer together to shorten the necklace. Pull the ends away from each other to lengthen it.

My example is with 2mm olive green Greek leather, but you can use any round cord except rattail with this technique (rattail is just too slippery). Just match the size of your cord to the inner diameter (ID) of the cord end. The cord ends are available in four sizes and four platings: gunmetal and antiqued brass, copper and silver.

  1. Measure your cord. My technique: take your desired finished length and add 12″. For my 18″ necklace I used 30″ of leather.
  2. Center your beads or pendant. (I used 5 silver plated leaves. To keep them in place, I just flattened their loops slightly with my flat nose pliers.)
  3. Slide a cord end onto each end. Make sure that the bottoms of the closed tubes are pointing towards the center of your necklace.
  4. Glue the cord ends into the opposite open adjuster tubes. Make sure the cord touches the bottom of the tube, and be sure to clean up any glue drips before they dry. I used Eco-Glue because it works with both metal and fabric. Tenax Plus super glue is another good option, especially if you don’t like waiting!

That’s all there is to it! Too easy, right? The only problem you might encounter is the cord not fitting the cord end. Since most types of cord, and the ends themselves, may vary in diameter +/- 10%, this is a fairly common problem, but a simple one to fix. Try mitering (cutting at an angle) or rolling the ends to make them a tad thicker or thinner. ~ Cindy