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!

    • lauren renee
    • July 9, 2017

    Great, and brilliant, in Jerome Az. many great old artisans, 40 plus yr. careers. yet it takes new blood to keep us old timers re inspired, many fabo lapidary artists here thatt cut and hand roll gemstone bead strands, I luv ur work..

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