How to Use an End Cap or Crimp End - As Seen on Blog for Beaders
End caps and crimp ends can provide professional looking results to your jewelry pieces. As indicated by the name, they are most often used to finish the ends of jewelry. We have expanded our selection of end caps and crimp ends to accommodate your every need. We have a large assortment to choose from and here we will show you some tips on how to use the different styles in your jewelry.
Round End Cap with a Loop
Step One: When using a round end cap It's important to add a small amount of adhesive to your stringing material before attaching to the end cap. We will be using E-6000 and rubber cord in this example. If you plan to attach your end cap to a different component that cannot be opened, such as a closed jump ring, you must do so before gluing.
Step Two: Place the end cap on one end of the rubber strand. Be sure not to push the stringing material all the way through the end cap.
Step Three: Place some type of a clamp on the end cap if needed. Allow glue to dry.
Crimp End Cap
Step One: For this example we finished one end of 3mm braided leather cord using a crimp end cap with a loop and the other end using a crimp end cap with a hook. Both end caps are used in the same way.
Step Two: Insert the stringing material into the end cap. We recommend using an adhesive to ensure a strong hold, although it is not required. If using an adhesive, be sure to use only a small amount to minimize seepage. Slowly and gently squeeze the center of the end cap with a pair of chain nose pliers until it crimps down onto the stringing material.
Tip: If the glue won't adhere to the leather, scratch the leather a bit on the end with a fingernail to remove the shiny exterior. When it is more porous, the glue holds better. Also, remember to let the glue dry for at least 24 hours for a strong bond.
Crimp End with Loop
Step One: Here we used a crimp end cap with a loop. Simply place your stringing material into the crimp end cap and gently squeeze with a pair of chain nose pliers or nylon jaw pliers until completely closed. Adhesive is recommended but not required.
U-Shaped Ribbon End
Step One: This style of end caps is generally used to finish ends of ribbons and fibers. Place the stringing material inside the end cap and gently squeeze with a pair of nylon jaw pliers. We recommend using the nylon jaw pliers for this style end cap to avoid marring up the finish. Again, adhesive is recommended but not required.
Crimp End Cap with Loop
Step One: This type of end cap is simple to use. Simply place the end cap onto the stringing material and crimp it down with a pair of chain nose pliers or nylon jaw pliers. Adhesive is recommended but not required.