How to Add Cord Ends to Leather, Silk, Etc.-Friday Jewelry Findings Tutorial

How to Add Cord Ends to Leather, Silk, Etc.-Friday Jewelry Findings Tutorial

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Hello. Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday
Findings video at my YouTube channel and my blog. Often when we make jewelry we use chain
or bead stringing wire to put it together, but sometimes it’s nice to use something else
like a kind of fiber and you may have wondered how to finish jewelry made with those so today
I’m going to show you how to use cord ends. So here I have an assortment of cord ends
and they are made for finishing off jewelry that’s made with something other than your
usual bead stringing wire and crimps or chain. These are great for if you’re using leather
cord and you can see here’s an example of a necklace with the ends finished so there’s
a nice jump ring and clasp on the ends of a leather necklace or it could be a bracelet. You could also use silk fibers. These are
wonderful for stringing on large beads and of course you could always make a knot at
the back, but it’s really so much nicer to finish them with a cord end. There are all
kinds of things. There’s wide leather, there’s narrow leather, colored leather. There’s even
cotton string. There’s round leather cord and you could find cord ends to finish off
any of those fibers that you want. As you can see here they are all basically
the same shape. They have a ‘U’ shaped channel and often they have the little tooth right
at the end of it and it helps it grip onto your fiber and then there’s a loop at the
other end for adding a jump ring or a clasp. So they’re all pretty much the same shape.
They don’t all have the tooth. It depends on what they are. These ones are springs.
If you have a coiling tool you could actually make these yourself and you can see they come
in different sizes. So for example these little ones might be good for cotton cord, which
is pretty small, but you’d need one of these bigger ones for this leather cord. I would
strongly recommend when you use these once you’re ready to finalize your jewelry design
to add a drop of strong glue so that you know your piece isn’t going to come out. Like I
showed you, some have the assurance of that little tooth, but not all of them do. So here’s a little bit of leather cord and
let’s say I wanted to put it in here. You can just set it in there and then you can
use chain nose or flat nose pliers and you just squeeze one side down. Flat nose actually
work great for this and then you can flatten down the other side. These coil type ones
are great for a round fiber. You can just pop that in there. A little drop of glue wouldn’t
go amiss. Start at the end furthest from the loop and just grab a coil or two and give
them a squeeze. Just kind of work your way up until your cord is nice and secure in there
and then you can trim the excess. Like I said, these come in different sizes
for different types of fibers. These little ones might be perfect for the silk fibers
or the cotton smaller ones. Something bigger for something beefier. They come in all different
colors and finishes to match your jewelry. So I hope you found that helpful and now you
can consider stringing your jewelry on other materials. If you like this video, please be sure to
give it a thumbs up. If you have an idea for another Friday Findings video please feel
free to leave me a comment down below and I’ll see what I can do about it. In the meantime
check out the other two videos up on the screen. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest,
Instagram and on my blog. Happy creating. Bye bye.


  1. Speaking of glue, how about a Friday Findings about glues and adhesives? The packages don't always describe how the glue will dry (clear,hard, flexible, etc.), or the best jewellery applications for each. I use mostly GS Hyper Cement, Zap Gel, and (recently without initial success) E6000, but am intrigued by BeadFix and Super New Glue–I just don't know their drying properties, thus how best to use them. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking you may have done an overview previously(?)–future FFs could cover specific adhesives more deeply. Thanks for all the great information and inspiration!

  2. I LOVE all your videos! Thank you so much for taking the time to be a fabulous teacher !!!

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