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How to Use a Endcap

Use this technique to add a professional look to the simplest designs.
Tip: If you are having trouble with your glue, scratch the leather a bit on the end with a fingernail to remove the shiny exterior. When it is more rough and porous, the glue holds better. Also remember to let the glue dry for at least 24 hours for a strong bond.

Step 1: For this project you will need a piece of leather or rubber, two endcaps, E-6000 glue, and chain nose pliers. We also added a millefiori donut pendant and extender chain. Before beginning, prepare the extender chain by attaching open jump rings to both ends of your shorter chain (B) with a clasp on one end. On the longer piece of chain (A), add a small jump ring to one end and large jump ring to the other.

Step 2: Dip the tip of the leather directly in the glue. You only need a small amount; be careful to not use too much.

Step 3: Open the endcap slightly with chain nose pliers. . When adding the endcap to the leather, don't push too much or the glue will slide down the leather. Also, don't push the leather to the end of the endcap. Space is needed for attaching a jump ring. Squeeze the endcap firmly but gently. It is not a crimp. Hold for one full minute (this very important!).

Step 4: Attach both chains to the endcaps using the open jump rings.

Step 5: To attach the donut to the necklace, fold the leather in the center, run the center through the hole of the pendant, then slip the ends back through the center loop of leather and pull tight.

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