Kumihimo Finishing Tips – End Caps
Kumihimo End-Caps Close-Up
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.
Stitch up and down through the ends several times. You are just trying to secure the threads.
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.
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.
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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