Working With Leather Cord

There are many great options for finishing your projects with leather cording.

A Pewter End Cap is really pretty.  You simply flatten the middle of the finding with pliers.

This is also a pewter end cap with four leaves.  We recommend a small dab of glue on the end of your leather cord and then carely press the leaves together over the cord.

This is a medium sized leather crimp.  You place the cord in the centre and fold the two flaps tight over the cord.

These are stainless steel end caps.  End caps are available in many sizes and they will work with the the thinnest to the widest cords.  You glue the cord into the cap.

These are called “coil with loop.” You glue the cord into the coil.  The loop makes it easy to either add a clasp or jumpring for a closure.

This is a more decorative crimp end.  You slide the cord through the backside and flatten the one or all three round coils to keep the cord in place.  Our collection of crimps is here.

 

These pretty crimps come in different sizes, so it is good to know the thickness of the cord you will be working with.

Lets not forget that a simple knot is a classic style for leather cord projects.

This is a “magnetic tube clasp“.  You glue your cord into the two components that make the clasp and you have a finished piece in minutes.  Tube clasps are available in many sizes, so being aware of your cord thickness is important.  You can see all our magnetic tube clasps here.

 

This is a simpler “Tube clasp” without the magnet.  It works the same and as long as you know your cord thickness you can get the right sized tube clasp set to work with.  Our collection is here.

 

If you have time to google or go to YouTube you will see lots and lots of how-tos explaining how to add macrame knots to finish jewelry.  We have a square knot step by step right here.

A popular way to create a finished piece with leather cord is by using the “sliding knot.”  We have a step by step for that technique here.

 

Adding a bead to the end of a leather cord is also a great addition.  It can also act as a clasp.

 

Wire wrapping the ends is also a nice finish.  Simply leave enough space so that you have an opening which can act as a clasp as well.

Color Trend Beads

Color Trend Beads were created to make life easier for designers!

When you pick any bead in this collection you’ll know that you can get the matching color in all the other shapes available too!
There are 9 color trends.
18 shapes:
Firepolish 2, 3, 4, 6, 8mm
Round 3, 4, 6, 8mm
Czech Mates Tile Bead 6mm
Czech Mates Two Hole Daggers 5/16
Czech Mates Bricks 3/6mm
Czech Mates Lentil 6mm
Czech Mates Triangle 6mm
Finial Half Drilled Round Bead 2mm
Czech Mates Crescent 3/10mm
Czech Mates Cabochon 7mm
Czech Mates Diamond 4 x 6.5mm

Introducing the Psychology of Colors

Follow our 11 month journey as we learn how colors evoke emotion, influence our thoughts and even subconsciously play a part in our day to day lives with Swarovski Create Your Style!

You can read more about it by clicking the image below.  Each month we will post news and projects on our johnbead.com website.T