Hi this is Debra Windsong with Expert Village.
In this clip I’ll talk about making necklaces with cord. There are several different kinds
of cord you can get–real leather, or you can get something that simulates leather.
This here is plastic, and while I like to usually use all natural materials, I’m finding
that this is working a lot better to use the plastic, especially if you want to do some
kind of an opening, like on this necklace where you slide to adjust and get it over
your head and slide back again. The leather wears out after a while. Plastic is holding
up real well, so this cord is my favorite right now. When it comes to cord work, the
cord is usually thick as far as beads go, so you’ll have to have very large beads, or
else just hang a piece down from the cord. What I did do on this piece is braided the
cord, just to make it look a little different, and then wrapped it around this piece of rose
quartz. This one is a very thin cord. What I chose to do with that is treat it like the
wire that I use for the other necklaces, and use a crimp, and I use some knotting techniques
too to help hold beads in place. Here we have a clasp, I actually made, it’s just a copper
wire, and shaped the hook clasp. I used a piece like this that’s made for leather and
cord. What you do is use your flat nosed pliers and squeeze it right on there. I’ll show you
how that works. You want to line your leather cord up so that it’s not interfering with
the opening. What you need to do is squeeze one half at a time around the cord, just a
little bit, not all the way, and try to bring the other side around the outside of that
half. At that point, you’ll put a ring on there on one side and then your trigger clasp
on the other side. So here’s one already done, and you just thread your open ring, your open
jump ring, onto there and onto your hook clasp.