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 tutorial

Step 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 tutorial

Step 2:
Press the crimp bead using your chain nose pliers.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

This is how it should look like when pressed.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Step 3:
Slide in your calotte/clam shell until it reach the crimp bead.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Using again your pliers close the calotte/clam shell.
how to attach a calotte tutorial
how to attach a calotte tutorial

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.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

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.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

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.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

When you’re ready, follow the pattern and re-string onto the wire with your T-lock attached.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

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Step 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 tutorial

And then back thru several beads.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Step 8:
Slowly pull the strings until the crimp bead is inside the calotte/clam shell.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

When crimp bead is in place, press it again with your pliers.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Step 9:
Close the calotte/clam shell and attach your toggle lock.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

You’re done!
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Look at the clasps. It has that neat look. No knots, no strings coming out.
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Perfect for an evening date!
how to attach a calotte tutorial

Hope you like my sharing :) Ciao!


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