Kumihimo Finishing Tips – End Caps

November 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm 4 comments

Kumihimo End-Caps Close-Up

Kumihimo braids make great necklaces and bracelets.

There are many creative ways to finish the ends. Adding ends caps with a hook & eye or magentic clasp is one of the easiest and cleanest endings.


   
You will want to use a strong thread like Carpet Thread and you’ll want a sewing needle that is sharp enough to easily go through the Kumihimo braid.

 

Stitch up and down through the ends several times. You are just trying to secure the threads.

Then wrap the thread around the ends five or so times and the stitch through the cord again. Tie (or knot) and cut the thread.

With a sharp pair of scissors, cut through the end of the cord so it is flush with the wrapped edge.
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Apply a generous amount of glue, like Weld Bond or E6000 to the end of the cord that you have just prepared. Get plenty of glue on the tip and sides of the finished area.  

Position the ends of the braid into the end caps. Clean away any excess glue that is on the surface of your end cap and let dry for 24 hours. Weld Bond glue will dry clear.

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4mm End Caps with Hook & Eye Closure    $2.25 (set)         

6mm End Caps with Hook & Eye Closure    $2.50 (set)         

8mm End Cap with Hook & Eye Closure      $3.00 (set)        

Kumihimo Base Metal End Caps with Magnetic Closure
I have tested several magnetic closures and these magnets are strong and reliable. I use a smaller magnetic clasp with the 4mm end caps and a slightly larger magnetic clasp with the 6mm and 8mm end caps. The magnetic closures come fully assembled. The magnets “snap” together making then easy to use on necklaces as well as bracelets. Take a look at the instructions  for attaching the end caps to your Kumihimo.

4mm End Caps with Magnetic Closure $2.50 (set)

6mm End Caps with Magnetic Closure $2.85 (set)

8mm End Caps with Magnetic Closure $3.75 (set)

The end caps that I use are base metal variety (a silver finish). They come to you completely assembled with the hook & eye clasp (or magnetic closure) attached.

The thicker the cord, the bigger the end caps you will need. You will get a feel, over time, which size you will need. An 8 strand round braid, using “Petite” Satin Cord, pairs very well with the 6mm end caps. Thinner threads, for example Pearl Cotton, work well with the 4mm end caps. An even thicker cord(s) fits nicely into 8 mm end caps, for example the Oaxaca Necklace where I have combined three braids into one necklace. 

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. whataknit  |  November 3, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Thank you ! The shoelaces sound like a GREAT idea! Send me a picture and let me know how you like them. What a fun idea! By the way, I can sell you “just” end caps. Keep having fun! Karen

  • 2. Valerie McClory  |  November 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Wow – You can’t believe how excited I was when I stumbled across your website while searching online for braiding cord. I live on the backside of nowhere in Utah and have to get everything on line. I just taught myself Kumihimo starting last month and I’m hooked. Was just using knitting yarn because that was all I had til I discovered you. I am placing an order for several spools of your C-Lon – it looks like just what I ‘ve been looking for to make – wait for it – SHOELACES!. That’s right – I love to match my socks and shoelaces to my outfits – that’s why I ordered my disk to start with. Now for a question – do you have or know where I can get base metal endcaps without any hooks or eyes for the ends of the laces? Keep up the great work you do – look forward to the newsletters – Valerie

  • 3. suwiener  |  August 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    beautifull

  • 4. Dee Johnson  |  November 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    A really neat and inviting web site, Karen. I really enjoyed viewing it all and will look forward to updates.
    My next project is to learn to do Kumihimo…from you mother!
    Best regards and best wishes for your success.
    Dee Johnson

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