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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Using a Leather Cord Crimp End

About this Tip:

Using crimp cord ends is the easiest way to include leather cord into your designs.

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The products featured in this tip are listed below.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Mix a small amount of 2-part epoxy and use a toothpick to spread it around the cord about 4-5mm down. Careful, if you use too much it will ooze out and look messy.
Step 2:
Slide the crimp cord end onto the leather cord. It might take a little wiggling.
Step 3:
Crimp in the center of the tube on both sides.
Step 4:
Now all you need is a jump ring to attach a clasp.

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  1. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    This is great guys. I love the new tips and techniques section. And also that you have the products listed right under the video. All I need to do is add to my cart. Saves looking around the site to find what ends match with the cord. Loving the changes to the site. Great video and photos – shows really good close ups so you can see exactly what to do and how to do it.

  2. Steve
    Steve says:

    Thanks! We’re going to keep making the section better and better :)

  3. Anita C aka PirateChick
    Anita C aka PirateChick says:

    Everything looks great, but the sound could be a bit louder. I checked my computer and all sound systems and speakers were at 100% so I’m guessing it’s the sound of the video. Otherwise, great addition to the Lima Beads site!

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    trinkets says:

    Love the How to sections & videos ~

    Limabeads has grown soooo much since I first visited…You have a great site & team!

  5. S Horvath-Dori
    S Horvath-Dori says:

    Just moved and haven’t beaded. so was poking around and discovered this new section. It’s fantastic! Thanks for adding this, can’t wait to learn more!

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    Arleen G says:

    Just found u site today, and luv u tips section and wonderful patina products. U gota a friend in me… Thanks

  7. DazzleBeads
    DazzleBeads says:

    I have a project that would benefit from this – thanks!

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    Sally Vinroot says:

    What a find Lima Beads is!! Wow- the set-up is very good. I also like having the products available along with the tutorial. I can watch as many times as I wish…just wish I could add a ? and get an answer. is that possible using this method??

    KWB DESIGNS says:

    Off subject, but her watch looks so cool…

  10. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks, I get that a lot :-) Sometimes people think its a sundial, but it is just a cuff bracelet. Kevin got it for me as a surprise from this amazing artist Elaine Rader. She came to the Ann Arbor Art Fair and since then I am in love with all of her work.

  11. Lael
    Lael says:

    This is my first time on your site. I look forward to meeting others and sharing tips. I have seen some awesome pieces, very inspiring. Here’s two of my designs.

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    SMJ says:

    This will be my first time glueing leather into a crimp end or end cap, if the item description says the crimp end is 4mm, does that mean the inside diameter is equivalent to 4mm? If not, how can I know what size cord will fit into the end cap?

  13. CatPark
    CatPark says:

    This is a tricky one SMJ. In this instance with the crimp cord end featured above you would use a 4mm cord. Unfortunately this is not always the case. What is really important is knowing the measurement of the inside diameter of the cord end you would like to use.

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    sigwing says:

    the pictures are gone! :(

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    CAPERNIUS1 says:

    I thank you for posting the video tip, as I was perplexed as to how I could finish off the ends of my leather cords…

    I need the part shown in the video, the crimp cord ends fir my leather products…I see the bright shiny silver ones are out of stock…That’s ok, because what I need is that crimp cord end in darker color….

    Thank You again madam. 8 0 D

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    Gisele L says:

    Hello, I have a leather band of 5mm I do not know what to buy to close that bracelet that I want to do. Can you help me.

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    Moogie says:

    You can use Super New glue, just one drop, to an end such as this–https://www.limabeads.com/Antique-Silver-plated-Square-Loop-End-5x8mm-P32130.
    Of course you need 2! Then add a jump ring on each & your clasp of choice.

    Before adding the glue, put the leather into the end just to make sure it fits well.
    Lima also has antique gold in this end.

    If you know how to wire wrap, you can wrap about 10mm or so with 20 gauge wire, & make a loop on the end. That’s a little more advanced but less expensive.
    Hope that helps. :)

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    LisaK says:

    Hi, I am new to working with leather and end caps or any other finishing findings, so reading all the Q&A has really helped. I’m still not sure what diameter leather cord I should use for a simple leather necklace. I want to offer the necklace with a gemstone focal I make. I suppose it’s up to individual tastes. I just need a starting reference. All suggestions welcome :)

  19. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    A good starting point for necklaces would be 2mm(ideal for .5″-1.5″ pendants). For larger pendants(1.5″+) 3, 4, or 5mm might be better.

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