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.

Leather Cord Instead of Chain

A quick search on Pinterest for leather cord jewelry will pull up hundreds of great images and inspiration for leather projects.

Our genuine leather cord is available in many wonderful colors.  It is an ideal replacement for chain when designing necklaces and bracelets.

Leather cord can be tied together for fast no-clasp peices.  You can also use a number of unique products to finish the edge of the cord to make wearable jewelry quickly too!

We have over a dozen options to share with you.

  1.  Bend your leather cord and wrap with wire to make loops that can go over buttons and other clasps.

2.  Use end caps that are attached by flattening the mid section with pliers.  Finished jewelry looks high end and the end caps can be linked with jump rings to clasps, charms, tassels and more.

We have a small assortment of these end caps left in stock linked here.

We also sell a revolving version of these that are beautiful and linked here.

3.  These end caps “pinch” into place.  A little dab of glue keeps it more secure.

They are linked here.

4.  Leather crimps are the most common way to finish a cord.  We have a wide assortment of sizes so that more than one cord can be crimped too!  Linked here.

 

5.  Traditional glue on end caps in small sizing for leather is also very popular.  Many people glue several cords into one end.  We have end caps for one cord and more here.

6.  The coil loop is visible on lots of leather cord designs.  While you could make these yourself with wire, sometimes it is nice to have them finished and ready to attach with glue.  Linked here.

7.   We have some decorative crimps that act in the same way #2 on this list works.  These caps have a mid section that you flatten with pliers.  This grips and holds the leather cord in place.  Their design are meant to be seen and featured.

These crimp ends are also available in sterling silver.  Leafs linked here.

8.  Glue-on magnetic clasps make your peice instantly wearable.  The ends are finished and the clasp is easy to open and close.  Our entire collection is linked here but you will need the caps you can glue-on.

9.  The plug-in clasp tube is also a great option for finishing a cord.  The link is here.

 

10.  A knot is also acceptable for finished leather cord jewelry.  No tools, no components!

11.  A bead plus a knot is even better for a finish.

12.  Of course, knotting more than one cord creates a fridge effective.  Also, take a moment to google “sliding knot” for one of the most common additions to leather cord jewelry.  There is a video explaining the knot right here.

 

13.  Leather cord plus a bead also creates a button style clasp.  Easy and no tools required.

Shades of Gray – Dazzle-it Leather Cord Kumihimo

Creating a kumihimo necklace with leather cord is just a joy!  My braid is so unique and I can see myself wearing this unadorned and perhaps later with a pendant.

I used our Dazzle-it kumihimo disk to create my braid.

The new collection of genuine leather cord includes metallics, so I used the silver and grey in various sizes to create my necklace.

Here is a closer look at all my cords.

I didn’t waste one bit of my braid.  I had a few extra inches of braid which I used to make this necklace.

Twenty Four colours to choose from in three sizes!

Shades of Gray – Dazzle-it Leather Cord Kumihimo

Creating a kumihimo necklace with leather cord is just a joy!  My braid is so unique and I can see myself wearing this unadorned and perhaps later with a pendant.

I used our Dazzle-it kumihimo disk to create my braid.

The new collection of genuine leather cord includes metallics, so I used the silver and grey in various sizes to create my necklace.

Here is a closer look at all my cords.

I didn’t waste one bit of my braid.  I had a few extra inches of braid which I used to make this necklace.

Twenty Four colours to choose from in three sizes!