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bolimasa
08-19-2004, 02:18 PM
If you make a necklace from waxed cotton, satin, or leather cord, what is the best way to attach a clasp? I've used these materialS for double sliding knot necklaces or tied a clasp on (when stringing with little kids), but I'm clueless as to how to make a necklace with a finished, more polished look.

Thanks!

TheBlueBetween
08-19-2004, 05:47 PM
You need these clamshell thingys:

http://www.beadshop.com/Components-606CS.aspx

or

http://www.beadshop.com/Components-606ET-G.aspx

Hope that helps!

Be sure to show it to us when you are all done! ;)

bolimasa
08-19-2004, 10:21 PM
I think those are too small for thick cord. I have used them to hide crimps!
Any more ideas?
You need these clamshell thingys:

http://www.beadshop.com/Components-606CS.aspx

or

http://www.beadshop.com/Components-606ET-G.aspx

Hope that helps!

Be sure to show it to us when you are all done! ;)

tamjai
08-19-2004, 10:27 PM
http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWFNCRIMP
i might not buy them hereas i'm sure they are less elsewhwer, but the picture is clear - i have used the 3mm variety to crimp onto satin cord - perhaps your leather is thicker but i'm sure i've seen bigger ones, just trying to remember where - hope that helps
tam

TheBlueBetween
08-19-2004, 10:37 PM
Ah, I missunderstood what cord you were using - for thicker cord you might like these:

http://www.beadshop.com/Components-603F19.aspx

or

http://www.beadshop.com/Components-603F47.aspx

or something like this for ribbon:
http://www.beadshop.com/Clasps-603F60.aspx

Shop around though, I'm sure bead shop isn't the best prices. You should get the rio grande catalog if you don't already have it - and the fire mountain gems one - both are great tools for figureing out what's available.

GardensOnGlass
08-19-2004, 10:49 PM
Linda, I've used the crimp/loop in the link tam posted for waxed linen (one strand in a small crimp). I dipped the end of the linen in E6000 glue first, slid it into the crimp tube, crimped the middle of the tube with just the tip of my crimping pliers (basically just flatten the middle of the tube) & the necklace is holding up fine. I attached a lobster clasp to one of the crimp tube/loops & hook it on the other. I've done the same thing with a larger one & leather cord. I think that cord was 2mm.

LadyArowana
08-20-2004, 01:25 AM
Hi Linda, I have used a loop and toggle closure with cord and waxed linen. My New Zealand jade pieces originally came with the adjustable sliding knot system, but I upgraded them all to loops and paua shell toggles. I will try and attatch pix. Fiona

Retta Gates
08-20-2004, 03:51 AM
I am fond of crimp "ends" or "crimp tubes" some of them are very nice looking.

I also like LadyArrowana's idea's very pretty :D

bolimasa
08-20-2004, 12:11 PM
Ok here is where I feel dopey! I have seen these crimps in the Fire Mountain catalog but hadn't paid enough attention to realize some are pretty large. Do you just stick the raw end into the crimp and use your crimp tool like you do with softflex and crimp tubes? With softflex, the wire loops through the finding and doubles back into the crimp so it's crimped in 2 places. Just sticking the end of the cord into the crimp doesn't seem as sturdy a connection. I presume this is why Lori adds glue?
Do the rest of you also add glue?

Thanks again!!

Patricia'sglass
08-20-2004, 03:33 PM
Great thread!

Fiona, how do you get the loop ends like that? Is there a tutorial anywhere? Thanks
pattym

GardensOnGlass
08-20-2004, 03:42 PM
Linda, there are different sizes of the crimp tube w/loops. I have some that are for fine elements, like monofilament (I made a necklace for my daughter for the prom like that) & for a single piece of waxed linen. Also, I've used the thicker ones for leather cord. The tubes are supposed to hold with just flattening the middle of the tube. I've just dipped the end of what I'm using into the E6000 for "insurance". I push the piece of linen/cord to the end of the tube (without it sticking out the other end) & crimp. If my husband brought home the digital camera I'll try to take a picture of the items I have here at home (pray the image/uploading/resizing Gods are with me).

First, though, I have to run my 13 year old to Dairy Queen before the thunder storm that's on the way hits, or she'll fade away to nothing!

LadyArowana
08-20-2004, 11:21 PM
Great thread!

Fiona, how do you get the loop ends like that? Is there a tutorial anywhere? Thanks
pattym

Hi Patty, I didn't get it from a book or a tutorial or anything, so I suppose I could say it's my own design, but I'm sure it's been "invented" lots of times before. The Maori people have been wearing jade ornaments a long time, and I just wanted something that was in the spirit of the simplicity of their designs. Probably one of our NZ members will chime in that it's a traditional pattern that has been around for ever ! I do a lot of fibre work ( posh term for what DH calls string ! ) so I kind of fiddled until I got something I liked. Fiona