Guest Blog Post – Cord Necklace Tutorial by Heather Barber

This is a guest blog post from Heather Barber from Moosethemint on Etsy. She offers quirky eco-friendly gifts she makes from upcycled materials. Her guest blog post today is a Cord Necklace Tutorial. She recently made one for me for my ill-fated attempts at buying a blue agate pendant….

Cord Necklace Tutorial

1. Gather your tools – 2 set of pliers, scissors, ruler.

Tools
Tools

2. And your equipment – wax coated cotton cord, 2 jump rings, 2 cord ends, 1 lobster
clasp and whatever you are going to put on the cord – I’m using a music pendant.

Cord and findings
Cord and findings

3. There are a variety of different kinds of cord ends, often called bead caps, and
these ones have 2 fold over ends like a tri-fold wallet.

Crimpers
Crimpers

4. Cut the cord to a suitable length, I normally go for 18 inches. The cord is easy
to cut with scissors.

Measuring
Measuring

5. Line the cord up with the edge of the end cap, and then using the pliers, fold
over one side and then the other, clamping the cord in place, and give it one
final squeeze.
Necklace end
Necklace end

6. Repeat on the other end.

Both Ends
Both Ends

7. You need to check what you are going to hang from the pendant will fit over the
lobster clasp – if not, add it to the cord now before adding the jump rings.
8. Open the jump rings – these should always be opened with the ‘open gate’ movement,
don’t try and pull the ends apart as they will not reform afterwards. You will
need 2 sets of pliers to do this.

Jump Rings
Jump Rings

9. Feed one end of one jump ring through the lobster clasp (make sure that it fits,
as jump rings can come in different thicknesses) and then through the
cord end.
Clasp
Clasp

10. Feed the other jump ring through the other cord end.

Added Jump Ring
Added Jump Ring

11. Using two sets of pliers close the jump ring, again using the ‘open gate’
movement.

Close jump ring
Close jump ring

12. You should have a closed ring on one end of your cord.

Finished End
Finished End

13. And you should have a lobster clasp on the other end joined by a closed ring.

Clasp
Clasp

14. The lobster clasp can now be fastened to the loop so you can wear it.

Closed Lobster Clasp
Closed Lobster Clasp

15.I have added a music pendant to the cord.

Finished Pendant and cord
Finished Pendant and cord

I’ll have to give this a go, I have a great bead shop not far from me…

You can find Heather here –

Etsy: MooseintheMint
Facebook: Minty Moose
Instagram: Moose in the Mint
Twitter: MintyMoose

Advertisements

One thought on “Guest Blog Post – Cord Necklace Tutorial by Heather Barber

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s