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Kumihimo finishing techniques: Cones (or end caps) and wire

A cone has a large opening on one end, into which you will insert your braid, and a small opening on the other end. Using a cone and wire allows you to add decorative beads on the end of the braid. 

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Photo a
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Photo b

1. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of 18- or 20-gauge wire, and slide one end through the braid, near the the beaded portion of the braid (photo a).

2. Wrap the short end of the wire tightly around the unbeaded end of the braid a few times (photo b).

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Photo c
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Photo d

3. String a cone on the wire, covering the end of the braid (photo c). String additional beads and components, if desired, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. String half of a clasp into the loop (photo d), and complete the wraps.

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