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How to Use Convertible Bead Cap Ends

Have you ever wondered how to connect your leather to your beads? Check out this Better Beader video which demonstrates how to use convertible bead cap ends with holes to create a sleek look.

Episode Transcript


Convertible bead cap ends are a versatile and functional component that can add a professional touch to your jewelry designs. In this Better Beader episode from Potomac Beads, we'll explore how to use these multi-purpose findings to create stunning bracelets and necklaces. Whether you're looking to combine beaded sections with leather or cork cord, or create multi-strand designs, this step-by-step guide will help you master the techniques.

Materials Needed

  • Convertible bead cap ends
  • Head pins
  • Leather or ultra suede cord
  • Stretch string (0.5mm or thicker)
  • Waxed linen cord
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Glue (suitable for jewelry-making)

Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Using head pins:
    • Drop a head pin into the channel of the convertible bead cap end. The head will prevent it from coming out.
    • Create a simple loop on the other end of the head pin to attach your beaded section.
    • Glue your leather or ultra suede cord into the other side of the bead cap end.
  2. Using stretch string or cord:
    • Tie a knot at the end of your stretch string or cord.
    • Feed the string or cord through the bead cap end, pulling the knot snugly inside.
    • If using a thinner string, tie a second knot for added security.
    • Apply a small amount of glue to the knot and trim any excess string.
  3. Using beading wire for multi-strand designs:
    • Cut a length of beading wire and thread it through a crimp bead.
    • Position the crimp bead at the very end of the wire and flatten it with pliers.
    • Feed the beading wire through one of the holes in the bead cap end.
    • String your beads onto the wire, creating up to four strands.
    • Glue your cord into the other side of the bead cap end.

Customization Ideas & Inspiration

Experiment with different combinations of materials to create unique designs:

  • Mix and match beaded sections with leather, ultra suede, or cork cord.
  • Create multi-strand designs using beading wire and your favorite beads.
  • Play with color combinations to suit your personal style or match your outfits.


With these simple techniques, you can now confidently use convertible bead cap ends in your jewelry projects. Whether you're creating stretchy bracelets, multi-strand necklaces, or combining beads with leather or cork, these versatile findings offer endless design possibilities. Give these methods a try and share your creations with the Potomac Beads community. For more inspiring ideas and tutorials, be sure to check out other Better Beader episodes.

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