Using Ribbons or Cords for Jewelry Making

Learn how to finish the ends of ribbons and cords so you can easily attach jewelry clasps. Textiles and leather are great alternatives to chain for the hot holiday pendant necklace trend!
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Leaf Charm on Green Ribbon Strand

Here at Halstead we are very excited to add a line of vibrant silk ribbons and cords to our jewelry making supply selection. Silk is a great option for this year’s hot pendant necklace trend. The new line has sparked a lot of questions on how to prepare these materials for use in jewelry. Here we explain two easy options for finishing the ends of textile materials or leather so you can make necklaces or bracelets.

Finishing with Wire Wrapping

Wire wrapped ends are ideal for irregularly shaped textile materials. Securely wrapped ends should be tight and neat for the best result.

1.Cut  end of ribbon or fabric with sharp scissors to make a squared off end without fraying or loose strands. Iron the ribbon if you want it perfectly flat.
2. Fold ribbon through a medium closed jump ring such as SJSR128 with plenty of tail. Dab glue between ribbons.
3. Wire wrap around the ribbon at the base of the jump ring using 21ga or 22ga wire. Wrap tightly with at least 4-5 coils as shown below.

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Wire Wrapping - Jump Ring End

4. Trim excess wire and ribbon. Dab more jewelers glue between ribbons and under wire if you wish. Wipe away any excess.

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Tightly Wrapped Wire - Trimmed - Closed Loop

Finishing with Crimp Ends

Another option for silk or leather cords is the crimp end. Crimp ends are quick and easy but a tight fit is essential. Ends that are loose will work their way free even if you glue them in place.

1. Cut cord end with sharp scissors to make a blunt end without any fraying.
2. Dab jewelers glue inside S20 or similar crimp end.
3. Insert cord into crimp.

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Note: End is Twisted

4. Crimp tightly with pliers. Wipe away any excess glue.

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Crimped Together

Either of these techniques will leave end loops for easy clasp attachment. Adding unique materials to your jewelry is a great way to increase your style options for customers while adding more color to your jewelry line.

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Finished Product with Wire Wrapped Ends


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