There was a time when I barely used bead caps. For those of you that might not make jewelry, they are components, usually metal, that cover part of a bead, adding a decorative touch. I think the reason I didn’t bother much was when I first began making jewelry, I only had exposure to commercial bead caps that were flimsy, rather dreadful pieces that I felt cheapened rather than enhanced beads.
Things have improved a lot and there are a huge number of other options available to us these days. The are very nice commercial ones – sterling silver, Hill Tribes, and Bali silver. And there are custom handmade ones too – they can be just exquisite. Here are some I made – they are rounded squares hammered with a leaf pattern and then formed so they curve around the bead. I’ve added them to horn beads with a small black glass bead underneath.