Tying-Up Loose Ends: How to Creatively End Cords and Dangling Strands

Design Idea G729 Necklace and Earring Set
by Jessie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Like a good narrative plot, a design should draw you in, lead you through points of interest and crescendo in a satisfying end. In pieces like bolo ties, lariat necklaces and wrap chokers, it can be tricky navigating the finishing details. How should you tie-up--or decorate, those loose ends? We've gathered a collection of creative ways to end your dangling cords and give your piece the epic finale it deserves.

Cord Ends

The easiest and arguably the most versatile way to finish the end of a cord is … with a cord end! These handy components are ideal terminators for cord materials like leather, hemp, suede lace and more. Simply fold over, glue on, coil or crimp the cord end into place and voila! An ornamental end to your stylish strands. Many cord ends also have loops that can be used to further embellish your design with drops, charms, beads and other dangling details.

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Knotting

This method is a close second in terms of ease. Knots can be as simple or as intricate as you want. For designs that don’t require anything too flashy, a simple overhand knot will add weight, a touch of frill and prevent fraying. Take your knots up a notch with higher complexity or tie-in beads and other elements for gorgeous detailing from tip to focal.

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Beading

Incorporating beads or bringing your elaborate beaded patterns down to the ends of your cord is an excellent way to keep the look cohesive. Beads can also be a clever pop of color or contrasting feature that spices up your design and draws interest through the entire piece. Simply string them on and use a crimp, knot or stringing technique to keep them secure.

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Bolo Tips

The bolo is back and bigger than ever. This rustic necklace style is a must for cattle-folk and Southwest-inspired wear. Bolo tips not only give the look its traditional silhouette they also give the leather or leatherette cord a bit of weight and create an appealing drape. These tips are very easy to attach. Many are either glue-on or attached with tabs. Just grab a pair of pliers, insert you cord and evenly crimp the tabs down to grip the cord's sides. Not finding a bolo tip you love? With just a spot or two of glue, cone findings can make a stylish substitution and provide a similar pointed look.

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Tassels

For a look that’s made to move, finish off your strands in a tassels or fringe! Just about any small material or textile will work. Play with tassels made of beaded strands, chain, leather, silk cord and more to immediately elevate the energy and add an eye-catching burst of detail to your design. Tassels can be a continuation of your cording or an element all their own.

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