Example of an End Cap
End Caps for Wire Jewelry
Wire jewelry making is a wonderful and challenging endeavor. While making the basic jewelry from wire can often be a relatively quick and satisfying pursuit, the real challenge and issue with making viable wire jewelry is what to do with all those blasted little end wires. Seriously, I've been making and teaching wire jewelry making for many years and I've witnessed more than a small amount of frustration from students who simply can't finish a piece because of that issue.
Certainly in the beginning of my own studies, I encountered a similar problem. Particularly so if the piece has been woven and you're dealing with 10 to 20 wire ends all at the same time, all screaming to be put into place somewhere, anywhere! Is there a simple solution?
Although it's not clear in the example photo above, like wire jewelry that's been woven, in this particular piece, there were lots of woven fiber ends to contend with and the silver conical end caps helped to conceal those nicely.
Make Your End Cap Match Your Wire Jewelry
There are a couple additional reasons why wire jewelry designers have a challenge dealing with their end wires: first, if you've gone to all the trouble to spend multiple hours laboriously creating a piece of handcrafted wire jewelry, you'll want to finish off your ends with something that does the piece justice. Secondly, that usually means that you'll want a custom finish for your work. What better solution than to make your end caps out of wire then?
Making a Wire End Cap With a Pencil
Cleverly Conceal Your End Wires
In the photo above, you can see that the wire end (after the wire cone has been formed all the way on the pencil tip) has been left long and then wrapped around the dowel to form a nice, neat circle. Another wire finding, like an "s" clasp (see first pix above) can then be attached to finish the piece.
Now, what you can't really see is that once the wire has been wrapped around that dowel twice, the end wire is then reinserted into the center of the wire cone and is used to bind and connect all the wires and fibers that the basic wire jewelry piece is comprised of.
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Eleaner on May 19, 2018:
DJ Selkie on December 21, 2015:
Is it possible to see the whole finished piece?
Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.
Charlotte Thomas on September 21, 2014:
Great idea. I have made end caps of wire before, but never tapered ones. I love it and can see a lot of possibilities. Thank you for sharing.
wirewoman (author) on May 07, 2012:
See the two wires directly below the dowel in the photo? One of those wires goes down into the wire cone and is used to connect all the beads (or whatever you're putting the cone cap on)or wires of the main part of the necklace or bracelet. Hope that's clear and helps.
Anita on May 06, 2012:
I don't get what you're saying about reinserting the wire and wrapping all the ends with it, especially how do you do that on the second end? Meilandra@gmail.com. Ty!
wirewoman (author) on November 08, 2011:
Thanks, Danielle, glad this was helpful. I actually only came to this little discovery after much frustration trying to make other shaped wire end caps.
danielleantosz from Florida on November 06, 2011:
Very nice! I hadn't thought of this.
wirewoman (author) on October 11, 2011:
Glad to hear it.......these end caps really add a bit of grace to a necklace. So glad it was helpful!
Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 11, 2011:
Nice tutorial...gives me an idea on some jewelry I've been trying to make for myself.
Thanks for sharing! Voted useful.
wirewoman (author) on October 11, 2011:
I'm so glad you've enjoyed the article.......yes, I do love this art wire jewelry biz as well! It's a bit addicting, best to you.........
RTalloni on October 11, 2011:
Thanks much for this info on making cone shaped end caps for wire jewelry. Every little bit I learn about jewelry making encourages me in my dabbling--it's' a neat art to be involved in!