17+ Fun Alternative Uses for Bead Caps, Cones, Cord Caps and Cord Ends
Cap off your traditional uses of bead caps, cord caps, end caps and cones, and open up a world of alternative options for these popular jewelry-making components. Move beyond accenting beads and finishing strung jewelry designs by adding these findings to on-trend embellishment styles such as drops, dangles, tassels and more.
These jewelry-making and beading components have a wide variety of shapes, textures, styles, polished and antiqued finishes which make them popular for a range of traditional design strategies. Think outside the bead box and explore alternative uses for these staples with these suggestions from our in-house jewelry designers:
Bead caps are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, depths, patterns and materials, from precious gold and fine silver to plated pewter and Czech pressed glass flower shapes.
How to Use a Bead Cap - Traditional Uses
Used to dress up gemstone, Swarovski crystal, glass, cultured freshwater pearls and other beads. Bead caps are traditionally placed on either side of a fully-drilled bead in order to enhance it and make it a focal point of a design, or to protect beads from making contact with each other.
They are also commonly placed at the top of fully drilled beads to create drops using a head pin.
Create miniature Christmas tree ornaments
Invert for a crown on The Nutcracker King
Invert for hats on Santa's elves
Use as a base for a miniature lanterns or candlestick holders
Use in angel designs as gowns
Use in angel designs as halos
Use in angel designs, shaped or unfolded
Cones, End Caps and Cord Caps
Cones and end caps are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, depths, patterns and materials, from precious gold and fine silver to plated pewter, copper and brass.
How to Use a Cone, End Cap and Cord Cap - Traditional Uses
Used to terminate single-strand designs or gather multi-strand designs onto a clasp, focal or other point
Used as the tops of multi-strand drop, gather or tassel-style designs
Used, similarly to bead caps, at the top of fully drilled beads or top-drilled drops to create the illusion of an inset stone
Invert two cones to create designer beads
String cord caps like beads to create a snake chain-like necklace
Dangle empty end caps and cord caps as drops or bells, to generate sound with movement
Other ideas include: umbrella tops for rainy day and baby shower designs, unfolding filigree bead caps for angel or fairy wings, carousel tops, assembled into creature bodies and heads, string intermittently for stylized pagodas and more. You can also create customized bead caps, end caps, cord caps and cones. Metal disc cutting and dapping sets can be used to make bead caps, while all findings can be custom-created with metal clays or Kato Polyclay™.
Used to hold unusual materials, such as feathers, pre-made fabric tassels or pre-made clusters
The range of possibilities available makes bead caps, cord caps, end caps and cones a sensible investment for the creative jewelry maker. Get the most from components by using these outside-the-box suggestions, or think up a range of your own ideas for these essential findings.
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