As summer approaches, I’m starting to see more people sporting fun cord jewelry. Leather cords and waxed cords won’t fray, but braided cotton, soutache and satin cords are notorious for unraveling the instant you cut them. You can use today’s trick to keep your cords in good shape!
All you need for this trick is a pair of scissors and a roll of tape. Always use your sharpest scissors whenever you cut cord. The sharper the blades, the cleaner the cut will be and the less chance the end will fray. I like to use painter’s tape for this trick because it doesn’t leave a residue.
Wrap your cord so that the center of the tape is where you’ll make your cut. That way when you cut in the middle of the tape you’ll have two ends that won’t fray!
When you’re ready to finish your cord project you can either cut off the taped ends or carefully pull off the tape. If you do decide to remove the tape, carefully pull it towards the cut end to keep it from unraveling the cord.
If you’re ready to make new jewelry for the summer, check out our Inspiration Projects that feature cords!
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen