Make Your Own Simple Folded End Cones


I love strung and knotted pieces, and it always requires a lot of head-scratching to decide the best way to finish off the ends. Most of the time, I prefer to hide my “dirty work”–all the knots, crimps, etc.–involved in fastening the ends. This idea was inspired by some beadcaps I bought at a gem show:

I thought something like this might work as an end cone, if the two “wings” on either side were wider; then I could curl the ends over and hide more of my dirty work.

The easiest way was to just modify my poppy cap design, creating just two giant “petals.” I started with a couple of discs, as usual (these are 1″ in diameter, but you could make them any size you like), and textured them:

Then I made center holes, and two more holes on either side of the center hole:

I cut notches on both, as shown, with my metal snips, and rounded the ends a bit:

Then I annealed and pickled, then folded each shape over, as pictured, with my tiny bail-making pliers (but you could use a kebab skewer or something skinny like that as well):

Then I curled the wings on one side inwards, at a slight angle (so that it’s slightly pointier at the top):

Then I folded the remaining wings up and over with my fingers, tapped them down gently with my nylon-head hammer, et voila!

Now you’re ready to string and knot away!


Keirsten Giles

Mysteriously Sexy Analytical Semi-Rural Jewelry Designer, Unpaid Writer, Former World Traveler. Goof.
  1. Reply

    what a fabulous idea . I esp like that these are rectangular in shape , sometimes I don't want a round cone at the end as they tend to stick out esp with only a few strands. thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Reply

    its a great idea, thanks for the tutorial

  3. Reply

    Genius Keirsten – what a great idea…!

  4. Reply

    Love these

  5. Reply

    Very VERY cool! Thank you for this excellent and easy-to-follow tutorial!

  6. Reply

    What a brilliant idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Reply

    Yep, totally cool idea! I think it's really the shape that attracts me, not one you see a lot.

  8. Reply

    Wonderful!!! You always come up with such creative stuff girl!!!

  9. Reply

    I love to hide my dirty work, too… and these are wonderful!

  10. Reply

    This is a great tutorial! Time to get out the metal-working tools. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Reply

    I love these! What a great design

  12. Reply

    Fabulous idea! Genius, girl, simply genius šŸ™‚

  13. Reply

    Thanks so much, ā™„loveā™„ these…!

  14. Reply

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing :0)

  15. Reply

    Wow! Thank you.

  16. Reply

    This is beyond clever!

  17. Reply

    PS Will share on my blog so others can come visit!

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