Ever wanted to make your own cord or leather necklace, but not been sure how to attach a clasp? Or maybe you have tried to use cord ends, but found them fiddly to attach? Well look no further! I’m going to show you my simple way to use fold over cord ends to connect leather or cotton cord to whatever type of clasp you like. I have tried a few different ways of attaching them and found this is by far they easiest method, with minimal fuss.
Cord ends are a really useful addition to your jewellery-making as they work with many different types of cord. Cotton, leather, hemp and satin all work well and from 1mm in thickness. you can even get mor than one strand of cord in them to create multi-strand pieces. The maximum cord thickness/number of cords you can use in a cord end will depend on the size of the cord end you are using.
I’m using a 2mm thick waxed cotton cord with a 3mm cord end, links below. If you have cord or thread thinner than 1mm, I would recommend looking at using necklace Easy pizza dough recipe ends (sometimes called callottes) instead of fold over ends.
You will need:
-Fold over cord ends. The ones I used are no longer available, these will work just as well
1.Cut your cord to length. Now the cord ends, jump rings and clasp will take up approximately 2cm of space of our finished necklace, BUT to make it easier to fix the ends, we are going to overlap the cord by about 1 cm each end. So it should work out the correct length!
2.This is my now not so secret tip :put the end of the cord in the fold over end, with about 1cm sticking out of the side with the ring.
3.Having the excess cord allows you to hold the ring and short end of cord in one hand, meaning the cord can’t slip out as you are trying to fix it in place! With the other hand, push one side of the fold over end down over the cord with chainnose pliers.
4.I like to use the tip of the pliers first to get it started, then use the side of the pliers to really squash it flat.
5.Repeat with the other side of the fold over end. I find it easiest to flatten the side nearest to me, turning the piece around to do the other side.
6.Give a final squash with the pliers to make sure it is really secure.
7.The two sides of the fold over end should overlap like this. If they don’t, it may be that the cord is too thick for the cord end you are using- try a bigger cord end or consider using a glue in end instead. Repeat steps 2 to 6 for the other end of the cord.
8.Trimming off the excess cord is much easier with jewellery cutter than with scissors, just make sure you keep the flat side of the cutters as near as you can to the fold over end, being careful not to chop off the loop in the process!
9.Use a jump ring to attach your clasp to the fold over cord end.
10.Then attach a jump ring to the other fold over cord end so the clasp has something to clip onto!
If you have a go at using fold over cord ends, or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! And if you don’t want to miss out on any future tutorials, I’d love for you to sign up to my monthly email! Happy Making!