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.
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.
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.
4. Cut the cord to a suitable length, I normally go for 18 inches. The cord is easy
to cut with scissors.
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
6. Repeat on the other end.
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.
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
10. Feed the other jump ring through the other cord end.
11. Using two sets of pliers close the jump ring, again using the ‘open gate’
12. You should have a closed ring on one end of your cord.
13. And you should have a lobster clasp on the other end joined by a closed ring.
14. The lobster clasp can now be fastened to the loop so you can wear it.
15.I have added a music pendant to the cord.
I’ll have to give this a go, I have a great bead shop not far from me…
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