Calottes (also known as Clamshell Crimps, Bead Tips, Knot Cups and Necklace Ends) combined with beading string and jewelry making wire to give a professional touch to your hand made beaded jewelry.
If you are creating a beaded necklace then I recommend you only use them for light weight jewelry.
They are also great for chandelier earrings, gives them quite the professional look.
Simply thread a Calottes onto the end of your
tigertail or beading wire,
coming from the back of the base hole up between the two half circles. You can use more than one strand of wire.
a crimp bead or two onto your wire and crimp it with your chain nosed
pliers. Place your wire in the middle of the crimp and gently squeeze
your pliers to flatten.
The other alternative is to use your crimping pliers if they are a fine pair – not too wide.
If you are new to using them then take a few moments and see how!
Before trimming any excess wire position the crimp inside the calotte
and give the wire a good tug to make sure that the crimp is secure.
Using your wire cutters trim excess wire but avoid cutting too close to the crimp.
I have a pair of wire cutters that I only use for cutting tiger tail as this wire tends to make the cutters blunt.
Thread your clasp onto the Calotte loop and using your round nosed pliers curl the loop under and around so it is fully closed and won’t get snagged and pull open.
You can also add a jump ring to the loop then add your clasp to the jump ring.
Complete the second side adding a jumpring and curl the loop under and around so it is fully closed.
The side opening is a little unusual, these can be added after you have
finished your beaded necklace. Simply encase the knot or crimp in the
cup and attach the fastener.
This style is quite suitable
for thicker beading thread and multiple strand of jewelry making wire.
Also great for those occasional mends!
When closed they are the equivalent of a 6mm bead.
They are also an easy way to attach several strands of beads to a fastener.
Knot cups are great to use if you are creating a string of beads and will incorporate a clasp and jump ring.
Adding these to the ends gives
added strength as they have the advantage if enclosed circles on the
So trying adding Calottes to your beaded handmade jewelry for a professional finish.
Chain Nosed Pliers have long, smooth, flat, tapered jaws that are used for squeezing, gripping and bending wire and opening and closing jump rings.
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