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Kumihimo finishing techniques: Glue and crimp end

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Photo b

Crimp-end findings may be appropriate for very thin braids and they are used in conjunction with jump rings and a clasp, similar to end caps with loops. Different styles of crimp-end findings are available but the concept is the same — you insert the cord, and then compress a portion of the finding to clamp the cord in place.

To use one, bind or seal your braid, apply a bit of two-part epoxy to the end of the braid, and insert it into the crimp-end finding. Use pliers to squeeze the finding as dictated by the design of the finding.

In photo a, the center of the finding features a slim band of metal that gets compressed.

In photo b, four pronged “petals” get squeezed together to clamp the braid.

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