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Jewellery Making Guides

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1. Attaching a Clasp Using Calottes:

Required Materials:

  • Thin, Flexible Jewellery Thread or Cord
  • Flat-Nosed Pliers or Chain Nose Pliers
  • Round-Nosed Pliers
  • Strong Glue or Clear Nail Varnish
  • Calottes (2x)
  • Jump Ring
  • Clasp (of your choice)

Instructions:

step 1

1. Take your thread and string on a calotte. Tie a knot in your material, ensuring it's small enough for the calotte to fit over it, then dab on a tiny bit of glue/nail varnish to secure it.

step 2

2. Using your flat-nosed pliers or chain nose pliers, push down on the calotte to close it, then slide your choice of clasp onto the little hook on top of the calotte.

step 3

3. Roll the hook into a loop using your round-nosed pliers, securing the clasp to the calotte.

step 4

4. Add your beads onto the thread and then, once you're happy with how it looks, repeat the calotte-attaching process above to secure the other side of the piece with another calotte.

step 5

5. Take the jump ring and insert it into the hook on the end of the second calotte, then use your round-nosed pliers to roll the hook into a loop. You've now got a fully functional clasp to easily open, put on and close your jewellery piece!

2. Attaching a Clasp Using Crimp Beads & Flat-Nosed Pliers

Required Materials:

  • Jewellery Wire or Unknottable Cord
  • Flat-Nosed Pliers
  • Side Cutters (or other wire cutters)
  • Crimp Beads (2x)
  • Jump Ring
  • Clasp (of your choice)
  • Crimp Covers (2x - optional)
  • Chain Nose Pliers (optional)

Instructions:

step 1

1. Take your crimp bead and thread it onto your wire, then thread on your choice of clasp.

step 2

2. Once both components are threaded, take your wire and thread it back through the crimp bead to form a loop.

step 3

3. Take your flat-nosed pliers and squeeze the jaws around the crimp bead, flattening it entirely. It's important to double-check that the crimp bead is tight before moving on to the next step – simply do this by gently pulling on the clasp.

step 4

4. Open the clasp and insert the jump ring, then thread your first bead onto your wire.

step 1

5. Cut off any excess wire using your side cutters, then thread on the rest of your beads. Once you're happy with your design, slide on another crimp bead and then thread the end of your wire through the jump ring already attached to the clasp. Thread it back through the crimp bead to create another loop.

step 2

6. Pull your wire tight to ensure the entire ensemble is taut, then take your flat-nosed pliers and squeeze the crimp bead to flatten it. Double-check that the crimp bead is on securely, and then cut off the excess wire with side cutters. Et voila – you've attached your clasp!

step 7

7. Optional – If you don't like how the crimp beads look on your finished piece, you do have the option to attach crimp covers to make it look a little prettier. To do this, simply open the crimp cover slightly by inserting closed chain nose pliers and gently opening them slightly. Slide the crimp cover over the crimp bead, then close it using your flat-nosed pliers or chain nose pliers by gently squeezing the jaws around it. Repeat this process to attach the second crimp cover.

3. Attaching a Clasp Using Crimp Beads & Crimping Pliers:

Required Materials:

  • Jewellery Wire or Unknottable Cord
  • Crimping Pliers
  • Side Cutters (or other wire cutters)
  • Crimp Beads (2x)
  • Jump Ring
  • Clasp (of your choice)

Instructions:

step 1

1. Take your crimp bead and thread it onto your wire, then thread on your choice of clasp. Once both components are threaded, take your wire and thread it back through the crimp bead to form a loop.

step 2

2. Take your closed crimping pliers and have a good look at the shape of the jaws – you'll see one circular-shaped gap and one crescent-shaped gap. Open up the pliers and place the crimp bead to sit within the crescent-shaped gap, then tightly squeeze the jaws together.

step 3

3. Once crimped, move the crimp bead over to the circular-shaped gap, rotate it 90 degrees so that it's sitting on its side, and then squeeze the jaws together again to even out the shape of the crimp bead.

step 4

4. Check that the crimp bead is tight by gently pulling on the clasp. Once you're happy it's totally secure, open the clasp and insert the jump ring. Thread your first bead onto your wire.

step 5

5. Cut off any excess wire using your side cutters, then thread on the rest of your beads. Once you're happy with your design, slide on another crimp bead and then thread the end of your wire through the jump ring already attached to the clasp. Thread it back through the crimp bead to create another loop.

step 6

6. Pull your wire tight to ensure the entire ensemble is taut, then take your crimping pliers and follow the same processes described in steps 2 and 3. Double-check that the crimp bead is on securely, and then cut off the excess wire or cord with side cutters. And that's it – you're all done!