How To… Use a cone in your jewelry

Use a cone to finish a multiple-strand necklace or bracelet.

from The Bead Scoop Vol.I Issue 1 Jun 2007

Cones make a great finish to any piece, especially multiple-strand necklaces. And with basic stringing and wire skills, anyone can do it!

1. String all your strands to the desired length without finishing any ends (use tape or bead stoppers on the ends). You may need to end each side with smaller beads so that all your strands will fit in the cone you’ve chosen.
2. Make a closed-loop, or “wrapped loop”, at the end of a 2-3” piece of wire (typically at least 22ga) forming an eyepin.
3. Attach all your strands to this loop, using any method you like: tie knots, use crimp beads, etc. Just make sure they are well-attached and not overly bulky.
4. Pull the straight wire of your homemade eyepin through the cone, pulling the loop and all the attached strands into the wide end of the cone.
5. At the smaller end of the cone, make another closed loop in the wire, attaching one side of your clasp before you wrap the loop closed. For added interest, add a bead before you attach your clasp.
Repeat on the other side and you’re done!