Judy Larson's Coiled End Caps, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, Findings, Clasps, Components, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap. Today's free pattern is a follow up from  a previous post called Charting Your Creations where Judy shared several helpful wire charts for creating this pattern- this is the pattern that we referred to in the post.
Coiled End Caps
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Coiling, Making Findings, Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Today's free pattern is a follow up from a previous post called Charting Your Creations where Judy shared several helpful wire charts for creating this pattern- this is the pattern that we referred to in the post.

Not having end caps to finish a project should not stop you. Try these versatile and easy to make end caps.

Materials

24 Gauge Round Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-24D
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 10FT
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft 1/10 Sterling Silver Filled Wire
H10-20D
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 5FT
  • Price: $3.41
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Tools

Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
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Economy Nylon Jaw Pliers
G2-25
  • G2-25
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $11.97
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $14.97
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000 knitting needle or small bamboo skewer
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
5 Piece Steel Mandrel Set
G7-5
  • G7-5
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Instructions
Step 1
Using 24 gauge wire, make two coils 2 1/2″ long each on a mandrel no smaller than a 000 knitting needle (shown) but not a mandrel larger than a bamboo skewer. Hint: Starting with a 1″ wire tail keeps the wire coil stable when wrapping. Make the coil a bit longer than needed and then cut it to length.
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Step 2
For a tight fitting end cap, the mandrel you choose for the next step should be slightly smaller than the final hole you pulled the chain through since the wrapping will spring out a bit. For instance, if your chain was drawn down to 13/64″, the mandrel could be 3/16″. If your chain was drawn down to 1/4″, the mandrel could be 7/32″. Of course, you could use the same size mandrel as the hole and the end cap would have a loose fit.
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Step 3
For this step, you must work from the spool of the 20 gauge wire. Pull off and straighten about 12″ of wire. Slide one of the coils on the wire. Flush cut the wire end and spiral it until it is the size of the diameter of the mandrel.
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Step 4
Hold the spiral on the mandrel. Wind the wire around the mandrel four times, keeping the wraps as close together as possible.
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Step 5
Push the 21/2″ coil tightly against the mandrel and continue coiling, keeping the coiled wire wraps as close together as possible.
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Step 6
Cut the 20 gauge wire off 3/4″ from the wire coil. Spiral this wire up tightly to the wire coil. Optional: Leave the wire long. Push the end of the wire through Viking Knit chain or Kumihimo braid. Pull tight. Push the wire back through, pulling tight. Trim the wire off as close to or into the chain or knit.
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Step 7
Push the end cap to the end of the mandrel. Push the top end spiral down over the top of the mandrel. You may need to push the mandrel down on the table to get the coil to nestle inside the coil.
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Step 8
Repeat for the other end cap.
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Step 9
Check the fit on the Viking Knit chain. If it is too loose, you can slide the cap on a smaller mandrel and gently tighten the lower coiled section.
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Step 10
Leave the end caps plain or use your imagination and dress them up with beads
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Step 11
Download the following charts or make your own to help keep track of wire types and lengths used in your creations.

CoiledWireGauge


VikingKnitGauges