End caps are a great component used to secure the end of your necklace or bracelet designs! There are a few different styles of cord ends to choose from - in this tutorial we show you how to use glue-on end caps.
Our sterling silver end caps featured in this tutorial have an inside diameter of approximately 2.4mm and work best for cords which are 2mm thick, such as our leather thonging featured in this tutorial.
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Mix a small amount of Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy Glue with a cocktail stick or similar.
Use a cocktail stick to place a dab of glue inside the cap, coating the inside well.
Tip! We recommend scoring the inside of the end cap with a scribe or similar to create a rough surface, this will help the cord stick to the end cap better.
Position the cap over the end of the cord and leave to dry. Repeat the same steps for the cap at the other end of the cord.
Use snipe nose pliers to twist open a 5mm or 7mm jump ring and loop through the hole at the end of the cap, then close the jump ring to secure.
Repeat this step at the other end of the necklace, this time attaching the clasp before twisting closed the jump ring.
This sterling silver end cap is perfect for using with 2mm thick cord!
We have a range of threads from leather thonging, cotton cord, silk thread, hemp cord, suede cord and more. Always check whether the dimensions of your chosen cord is suitable to use with your chosen findings.
This glue is our most recommended glue for jewellery making. It's fast drying, high strength and sets clear while creating high quality bonds. It's also brilliant for all kinds of crafts too! Use it with metal, gemstones, ceramic, concrete and wood.
The products used in this project are suggestions to inspire you. Products used were compatible at the time of making but do be aware that stocks can vary, so do use your own judgement as to the compatibility of each item when making.