Now, on to a sticky subject–how to attach a 2mm leather cord into the end cap. You will need Super Glue. I suggest Loctite. It can be found in almost any superstore and probably any hardware store. There are two types. The regular and the Precision Max. The Precision Max take longer to dry, about 15 seconds. I suggest it because it you goof up, you have a chance to pull the cord out and try again.
Step One: Before any gluing, you must make sure that the end of the cord will fit easily into the cap. If it doesn’t, you must rub the end of the cord hard enough to make it a little skinnier. Once it will slip in easily, you are ready to glue.
Step Two: You will need an old cleaning rag for your lap or table and nail polish remover. The nail polish remover must be Acetone. The non-acetone remover will not work.
Step Three: When using 3mm, and bigger, caps we tell you to put one drop of glue into the cap. Unfortunately, if you try to do this into the 2mm cap, you will get glue all over the cap as well as your fingers. So we do an alternate method:
1. Squeeze a tiny bit of glue directly to the end of the cord.
2. Slip it into the cap and immediately swipe the capped end on the cleaning towel,
to remove any excess that might have slipped out. If glue has stuck to the outside
of the cap and/or to your fingers, wet a piece of the cleaning rag with the acetone
and clean off your fingers and the outside of the metal cap. Don’t get the acetone
on the leather. It will take the color off the leather. (However, if you do take the
color off, just dab it with a black permanent marker. The best is Bic’s Tuxedo
3. If everything looks good–the cord is in the cap–lay it aside and start the next one.
DO NOT pull on it to test it.
4. If it didn’t slip into the cap, pull it out immediately and clean off the end of the end
and try again. STARTING AT STEP ONE. If the end won’t fit back into the cap,
you may have to cut off that tiny part of the end that has the glue on it.
Step Five: When they are all done, you must test them, starting with the first ones that you finished. Hold the cap firmly in your fingers and pull on the cord. If it does not pull out, you have made it! If the cord pulls out you go back to Step One and may have to snip off the very end.
Step Six: If all else fails, don’t call 911. Call me at (937) 629-0301
Don’t Panic. By your third cord you will probably completely proficient.