A Cone-incopia of Possibilities

We had a customer come in the other day who was very distraught about her current jewelry project. She had created a stunning necklace using multiple strands of seed beads, and she knew how to finish the necklace using crimp beads, but was upset that the end result was less than pleasing to the eye. We asked her if she had ever finished multi-strand pieces before, and she confessed that she had, but they had never turned out quite right. After sharing some tips & tricks with her, and having her leave with a smile on her face and a skip in her step, we decided it was the perfect opportunity for us to sing the praises of one of our favorite findings: the cone.

When it comes to finishing off a multi-strand necklace or bracelet, one of the trickiest elements of the project is making sure all of the strands are not only secure, but look nice as well. One way to achieve this is to use cones or large-hole beads to cover your finished ends of cord. Simple Crafter has a clear and concise tutorial explaining how to do this, and for those of you who know how to crimp and how to complete a wire wrap, Beading Daily has this straight-to-the-point illustration (see below):

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We wanted to show you a few of our favorite examples of how you can use cones in your next jewelry project. Cones make great additions to earrings, too.

We also included some funny photos of other types of cones. Enjoy!

Photo of wire work bracelet courtesy of hippkittybeads. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/hippkittybeads)

Photo of wire work bracelet courtesy of hippkittybeads.

Photo of kumihimo bracelet with cones courtesy of Mrs. Beadsley's Workshop (http://mrsbeadsley.blogspot.com/2010/04/finishing-kumihimo.html)

Photo of kumihimo bracelet with cones courtesy of Mrs. Beadsley’s Workshop.

Photo of multi-strand necklace courtesy of www.beadbabe.com

Photo of multi-strand necklace courtesy of http://www.beadbabe.com

Photo of cone angel earrings courtesy of Tierra Cast.

Photo of cone angel earrings courtesy of Tierra Cast.

Leather tassel earrings by Blue Door Beads.

Leather tassel earrings by Blue Door Beads.

Leather tassel earrings by Blue Door Beads.

Leather tassel earrings by Blue Door Beads.

Chain tassel earrings by Blue Door Beads.

Chain tassel earrings by Blue Door Beads.

Traffic cone urchin sculpture

Traffic cone urchin sculpture

Traffic cone gator

Traffic cone gator

"Cone of Shame" revenge!

“Cone of Shame” revenge!

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