DIY Stringing Basics: How to attach a calotte or clam shell

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 how to attach a calotte tutorial 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.
how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 1: Cut a string wire, twice the size of your neck. Slide in a crimp bead up to the center of the string. how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 2: Press the crimp bead using your chain nose pliers. how to attach a calotte tutorialThis is how it should look like when pressed. how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 3: Slide in your calotte/clam shell until it reach the crimp bead. how to attach a calotte tutorialUsing again your pliers close the calotte/clam shell. how to attach a calotte tutorial how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 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. how to attach a calotte tutorialWith 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. how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 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. how to attach a calotte tutorialWhen you're ready, follow the pattern and re-string onto the wire with your T-lock attached. how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 6: Once you have all the beads in place, slide in your calotte/clam shell, followed by a crimp bead. how to attach a calotte tutorial Step 7: Then pass the strings back thru the calotte. how to attach a calotte tutorialAnd then back thru several beads. how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 8: Slowly pull the strings until the crimp bead is inside the calotte/clam shell. how to attach a calotte tutorialWhen crimp bead is in place, press it again with your pliers. how to attach a calotte tutorialStep 9: Close the calotte/clam shell and attach your toggle lock. how to attach a calotte tutorialYou're done! how to attach a calotte tutorialLook at the clasps. It has that neat look. No knots, no strings coming out. how to attach a calotte tutorialPerfect for an evening date! how to attach a calotte tutorialHope you like my sharing 🙂 Ciao! Subscribe to HJC to stay updated with jewelry making news! Click here!  Click and view our membership packages: DBC membership banners  Our latest issue from DIY Beading Club: Follow Jane Chew @ Google +  
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