How To Use Crimp Ends To Finish Cords In Your Jewelry-Friday Findings

If you like to use cording in your
jewelry, things such as leather, suede, silk, hemp, cotton, etc., you may have
searched for ways to finish the ends that are easy to do and look neat and
professional. Today I have a finding for you called crimp ends that will do just
that. Hi there, Sandy here, welcome to the last
Friday findings video of 2017. So these are an interesting finding. I don’t use
them often enough, they’re called crimp ends. Sometimes they’re called crimp end
caps, sometimes just crimp ends and if you do a search on websites that sell
these kinds of things like Art Beads, Fire Mountain Gems, Beadaholique, you’ll
often find other things will come up when you do a search of crimp ends, but
this is what I think of as crimp ends, and you’ll notice that although these
are in different finishes and different sizes they all have a distinctive look. They all have these three bands, two wider ones on the end with a more narrow
one in the middle, and that is the design, that is how they work, What’s nice about
crimp ends is that the only tool you need to use them to finish your jewelry
pieces is a pair of chain nose pliers. You want a fairly narrow pair, and all
you do is squeeze in that area once your cord is in there. So let’s talk about the
cord. I just recently reorganized all of my
containers of cording into this set of three containers. I like it because they
kind of fit together and they stack. I got these at Michaels, I think they were
ten dollars or something, just a nice set for organizing things. So here’s a
variety of cords: suede and some, I think that’s that’s paper or cotton, and some
leather. The important thing when choosing your cap is that you want one
that closely fits your cord, so like these itty-bitty ones, it doesn’t even give
a size, it just says “tiny,” tiny gold-plated crimp and with loop. You can
get these with hooks, you can buy a set of two, one with a loop and one with a
hook, but I do like to have both with loops because it just gives me more
options for using them. So this one would be perfect for this cord, but of course
you wouldn’t want to use this one, it’s just out of proportion and it’s
silly and it probably wouldn’t be very secure. This is a three millimeter
antique copper plated brass fancy crimp end cap with loop, that’s the description,
and this is one millimeter cord and you can see that’s way too big, unless you
were putting a couple of strands in there, which you can do. You do have to be
a little bit wary when you’re purchasing these because things aren’t always as
they seem. This is, in fact it’s from the same
website, three millimeter braided leather and this is a three and a half
millimeter crimp cap. Now most of the time when you see the dimension on here like
three-and-a-half millimeters, that is telling you the inside diameter, most of
the time, not always but most of the time. So you would think if you have a
three-and-a-half millimeter opening and a three millimeter bit of leather it
would work but you can see that this one would take a bit of doing. Right, it’s
just too tight, it’s like too close. It would take a bit of doing to get that in
there. So sometimes if you, if you’re shopping online and if you bought these
together thinking they’d work together they might not, but actually this one
that is a 4 1/2 millimeter antique copper plated, it’s perfect. So what you
want to do when you’re putting these on is not push your cord way up like that. Just push it until you can see it and then back it out so it’s just not
visible. Now with these, these are a one-shot deal. Once you’re ready to
finish your piece of jewelry you need to be very sure that you have a
everything you want on the cord before you flatten your ends and you need to be
sure that it’s the length you want because, or that you have extra ends to
waste, because once it’s crimped you could cut off the cord but you’re not
going to be able to reuse your finding. Now most of the time you buy these in
pairs and I don’t know what happened when I was ordering. I bought this as a
single, but looking at that wondering, Well, what am I gonna do with that? Made
me think of all kinds of things you could do with it. What about putting in
multi-strands? See that’s too big for just one but I could probably fit three
or four strands in there and make a little tassel or a fringe or add dangles
to the ends. This is waxed linen twine and sometimes you may have trouble
getting things in there, like this is sort of frayed, it looks like you could
probably fit a couple in there, and what you might want to do is get just a tiny
bit of glue on the end and then twirl it. Even without the glue that might go in,
yeah. So then all you do to finish is you back
it out just until you can’t see it anymore, cuz it’s pretty hard to get in
there to trim that neatly, get as good a grip on the finding as you can manage
with your pliers, choke down as far as you can, but you really don’t want your
pliers going past those outer rings, make sure that’s right where you want it, and
you want to be crimping so that that loop, you’re looking through the hole of
the loop, you don’t want to crimp this way. They’re just made to work best, so I just
keep checking that I have that just right, give it a good squeeze, make sure
you have a good grip on it. There’s one side, turn it around. What I like about this instead of using
glue is that it’s a mechanical fastening. You don’t have to rely on glue failing.
Glue is wonderful stuff, but there are times when it fails. So as far as the
problems with the discrepancy with sizes, what I would suggest you do is if you’re
shopping and you’re not certain if a particular finding will work for your
project, buy a couple sizes different. Buy the size smaller and by the size larger,
they’re not ridiculously expensive and it’s always good to have them on hand. And it’s a really nice, tidy way to finish up your jewelry pieces and it’s
quick and easy. So I hope you found this helpful. Be sure to subscribe if you
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10 Replies to “How To Use Crimp Ends To Finish Cords In Your Jewelry-Friday Findings”

  1. Thank you Sandy , always good to know . Happy New Year πŸΎπŸ«πŸ­πŸ·β„β˜ƒοΈπŸŽ„πŸ˜—!

  2. I think I have some of these findings in my stash from years ago, but I wasn't really sure how to use them. Thanks for this great tutorial!

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