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Findings for Kumihimo Braids, Handmade Cords, and Leather Cords
Kumihimo Clasps

Finding interesting and affordable commercial end clasps for kumihimo braids and cords is challenging. Selection changes as newer items are available and others are discontinued.

Getting a clasp for a braid or cord is often done as an afterthought, but for best design practices, the clasp needs to be part of the design process right from the beginning.

It is then possible to take the size of the clasp and its inside diameter in consideration when setting up the braid or making the cord. Matching the cord to the clasp is easier than the other way around.

Start browsing on Page 1 > Sterling and Gold Filled and check the best way to attach the clasps to braids and cord here below.

Best way of attaching kumihimo end clasps to braids and cords

Note: Roughen the inside of the end cap for better adhesion.

1. Make a 'corkscrew' type whipping/wrap with a thinner thread such as C-Lon Micro Cord or C-Lon Bead Thread Size D. Corkscrew means that you leave space in between each wrap, while wrapping tightly around the ends. The space left between each turn of the wrap allows the glue to penetrate to the inner cords.

2. Glue ends together with Poly Zap. Let dry.

3. Cut the ends with snips or shears leaving enough glued length to insert into clasp. Check fit.

4. Glue the braid end into the clasp with Poly Zap, Zap Gel or Devcon 5-Minute Epoxy. Poly Zap and Zap Gel works well for leather cord with open end caps - Clamp in place with mini-clamps (see in Kumihimo Tools). 5-Minute Epoxy is best for closed end caps and Euro Magnets - Hold the clasp vertically while drying to keep the epoxy from spilling out.

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