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Finishing satin cord ends for a necklace


#1

i have 1mm satin cord i bought from fusionbeads right and i read
these tutorials on the site about using hypo cement and cord ends to
finish the ends for a necklace.

now i dont really know if there are any other ways that are more
secure i mean does anyone on this forum know? i have a real hard time
knotting this satin cord its slippery and doesnt hold in knots well
AT ALL. and this cord end idea seems like anyother cord necklace i
have had that has broken or come loose, not to mention this cord is
like 1mm small and i really cant think of any ways to do the backs.
any alternative ideas besides this cord end idea using cord ends or
whatever they are called that you crimp with chain nose pliers.


#2

Laura, Use your torch to slowly melt the ends, Use A “Leather Glove”,
and while hot, roll it with your fingers, to take out the flare. If
it is ugly, saturate a clean section just up from your ugly end with
super glue -let it dry for an hour or so and put the cord on wood
rubber or leather, and trim the end ( use a new single edge blade)
with a rocking motion to get a clean cut, and hopefully - you-got-it.
You can smooth the ends when your project dries completely.

Stephen Wyrick, CMBJ
Gemmologist


#3
i have 1mm satin cord i bought from fusionbeads... i have a real
hard time knotting this satin cord its slippery and doesnt hold in
knots well 

If knotting is extremely difficult, it is probably rayon (vs nylon)
you can test by lightly burning the end (or better yet a test piece
that is not part of your work in progress). If the cord melts, it is
nylon, if it just ashes then it is rayon. If it is nylon, you can
melt the end into a nice solid blob that you can glue or wire or
even embed a jumpring into that will be as secure as any other
method. If it’s rayon then you should either knot to finish or treat
the end. One method of finishing a rayon cord end is to wrap it in
nylon thread (NOT polyester) and then apply cyanoacrylate glue which
will slightly shrink as well as harden the nylon, again giving you
something solid to crimp to.

If you want to give knotting a try, I cover a few methods in my
document in progress

http://www.daoofsilk.com/catalog/books/knotting/overhand.pdf

Carol Wang
http://www.daoofsilk.com


#4

One of the problems with finishing satin cord using glue is the glue
bleeds up the cord causing it to be discolored. A crimp-on cord end
will work, but an alternative, which I use often, is to turn the end
of the cord over forming a loop. Then using thin wire (I like 26G)
wrap the doubled portion of the cord, leaving the loop free. The
wrapping holds the cord loop in place, looks nice if done carefully,
and can be removed and redone if you need to make an adjustment in
the length of the necklace. I usually press the cut ends of the wire
into the cord more tightly than the rest of the wrapped wire for
added security. You can see a photo of it here:
http://www.suncountrygems.com/MFIZ0002.html
using the same technique on leather.

Susan
Sun Country Gems
http://www.suncountrygems.com


#5

great idea about wrapping wire, but how do u wrap wire? i have no
tools nor have i done it before. and about the actual glue bleeding
thing. im using a black satin cord, do u think it will bleed much?
or discolor the black? i was thinking about using hypo cement which
says it dries clear and has a small needle like applicator which
looks ideal.


#6

Laura, You don’t need any tools in order to wrap the wire around the
cord… You can wrap the wire with your fingers. Alma


#7

I usually take each end of the silk cord and thread them through
closed jump rings. Fold the cord end at about an inch so that the
jump ring is at the fold. Then take about 6- 8 inches of 26g wire
and tightly wrap or bind the wire around the cord ends starting just
under the jumpring, making sure that my wraps or binds are nice and
neat. I will go back over the first layer of wrapping or binding
with the wire. At this point you can cut the wire and either secure
the wire ends by tucking them underneath your wraps or bindings or
you can flatten the wire wrapped part. You can use the hypo cement on
the cord prior to wrapping it and rolling the glued cord between your
fingers so you have a nice stiff base to wrap or bind the wire onto.
I usually use this method and have never had a problem. The silk
cord wears out before the wire wrapped binding does. Although you
should tell potential customers that as silk cord is much more
delicate than wire or chain, it should be treated with extra care.