We’re back to the basics now! We’ll be learning basic stringing, focusing on how to use calotte or clam shell to have that neat and professional finish.Beadaholique.com A calotte finding covers the end knots for cords, strings and even for crimp beads, and are useful for creating necklaces and bracelets. Learning how to use a calotte is essential in jewelry making. In this short tutorial we’ll be using crimp beads and stringing wires or tiger tail. I’m also sharing my own tips how to string beads. We’ve often used calotte on some of our published tutorials, but slightly giving details on the steps and so this would be a good tutorial to learn.
Step 1: Cut a string wire, twice the size of your neck. Slide in a crimp bead up to the center of the string.
Step 2: Press the crimp bead using your chain nose pliers.
This is how it should look like when pressed.
Step 3: Slide in your calotte/clam shell until it reach the crimp bead.
Using again your pliers close the calotte/clam shell.
Step 4: The calotte already has a hook. You can use the hook to attach your clasp. In this tutorial I’ll be using a toggle clasp.
With your round nose pliers close the hook firmly. The T-lock attached on one end will now serve as your bead stopper so you don’t need to use extra bead or a clip to hold the beads in place. Now, you’re ready for some stringing. You also have 2 strings so you’re string is sturdy enough to hold large beads.
Step 5: Lay your beads in order. If you don’t have a bead board you can use a spare of extra string, preferably about the size of your neck. One tip I can give is if you don’t have much beads use spacers, bead caps or beads to add length to the necklace. Play with colors and shapes and create patterns of arranging the beads.
When you’re ready, follow the pattern and re-string onto the wire with your T-lock attached.
Step 6: Once you have all the beads in place, slide in your calotte/clam shell, followed by a crimp bead.
Step 7: Then pass the strings back thru the calotte.
And then back thru several beads.
Step 8: Slowly pull the strings until the crimp bead is inside the calotte/clam shell.
When crimp bead is in place, press it again with your pliers.
Step 9: Close the calotte/clam shell and attach your toggle lock.
Look at the clasps. It has that neat look. No knots, no strings coming out.