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How to Use a Closed-Loop Bead Tip

Finishing Thread with a Closed-Loop Bead Tip
designed byArtbeads
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniqueCrimps, Bails & Connectors
Time1-3 hours
Clam shell bead tips can increase the value of a jewelry piece because they hide the knot at the end of the strand beautifully and reflect the attention to detail that buyers look for.
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Often, the difference between fair looking jewelry and professional looking jewelry is how the piece is finished. The use of clam shell bead tips, also known as calottes, is especially important to the look of hand-knotted jewelry projects. Clam shell bead tips can increase the value of a jewelry piece because they hide the knot at the end of the strand beautifully and reflect the attention to detail that buyers look for. There are several different styles of clam shell bead tips. The style you want to use depends on your application. A single open-loop bead tip is great to use for a necklace design, but may not be strong enough to use in a bracelet design. A double closed-loop bead tip, however, is durable enough for both. Here we will show how to use a double closed-loop bead tip. To see instructions on how to use a single open loop bead tip, click here.

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Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 6 (0.70mm) Beige
Code GSILK6BG
Material Silk Brand Griffin Thickness No. 6 Place Of Origin Germany More Measurements Length 2 meters
1 $1.59
4 $1.49
JBB Sterling Silver 30mm Ornate Flower Toggle Clasp
Code ISCL-0046
Material Sterling Silver .925 Brand JBB Place Of Origin Israel
1 $16.20
GS Hypo Cement
Code GS-HYPO
Place Of Origin USA Important This item can only be shipped by ground transportation
1 $4.99
4mm Silver-Plated Clam Shell Bead Tip with 2 Rings
Code SP-BDTIP001
Material Silver-Plated
1 $0.15
40 $0.12
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