Pendant tutorial – black cord setting

To start this school year on good tracks, here is a new, very easy tutorial!

I will show how to set a pendant on a cord. Setting jewellery on a chain is even easier, but sometimes, depending on the type of pendant, a nice black cord looks better.



You will need: 

  • a pretty pendant you want to wear;
  • a good length of ‘rattail’ viscose cord (2 mm);
  • some glue, efficient enough to hold metal and fabric together;
  • 2 cord terminators with a 2 mm internal diameter;
  • 2 jump rings (5 mm);
  • a clasp and, if you wish, an extension chain;
  • scissors;
  • the traditional round-nose and flat-nose pliers.

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Step 1 — The cord

Cut your cord to the desired length. I am making a choker here, so I cut a 38 cm (15 in.) piece.

Now, I am using terminators that need to be glued, not flattened. The problem with rattail cord is that it is made of many fibers that will unravel and bend when you try to slide them in the terminators. So we need to harden the ends and make the fibers stick together.

First, trim the cord’s ends a bit to make them slightly pointed. No need to be very precise, only shape them approximately. It will fit more easily inside the terminators later. But don’t trim them too much so they don’t get too thin.

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Then, spread a tiny drop of glue on each end, on about 2 millimetres’ length, taking care of gathering all the loose fibers together. Leave it to dry.

When both ends are dry, you will see they are hardened by the glue, which will make them easier to slide in the terminators. And no more unravelling!

Put another drop of glue on the end and push the terminator over it. The glue will spread when it slides in.

Don’t worry if the glue overflows, leave it. It will be easy to take off without making a mess when it’s dry: if you wipe it, it will leave glue traces on the cord. Instead, you can cut it out afterwards very gently with a scalpel of a box cutter.

Step 2 — the pendant

Now, when everything is dry and cleaned up, you can thread your pendant on the cord. Nothing complicated here!

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Step 3 — the clasp

Once the pendant is set on the cord, open a jump ring using the pliers.

Hook the ring into the terminator’s hole, then hook your clasp to the ring.

Close the ring with the pliers.

Repeat on the other end, with the extension chain attached to the ring (or not).


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You now possess a lovely pendant that you set yourself! It really was easy, wasn’t it?

Have fun!

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