S-Hooks & Calottes – Finish A Necklace Or Bracelet

S-Hooks & Calottes in jewellery making help complete the look or finish the piece. Here are step by step guides on how to use a calotte and how to make an s-hook.

Calottes Bead Tips
Calottes Bead Tips

Using Calottes/Bead Tips To Finish A Necklace Or Bracelet.

Calotte

 

Materials: 

    Wire/cord, Crimp beadsCalottes/Bead Tips

Tools: 

    Wire cuttersFlat or Chain nose pliers

STEP 1:

Insert a crimp bead onto your cord/wire and 3 flatten it with your crimping pliers.

STEP 1 of using a calotte/bead tip
STEP 1 of using a calotte/bead tip

STEP 2:

String the calotte/bead tip onto the cord/wire until the crimp bead is in the middle of the calotte. Cut the wire next to the crimp so that no parts will stick out.

STEP 2 of using a calotte/bead tip
STEP 2 of using a calotte/bead tip

STEP 3:

Gently close the calotte with your flat or chain nose pliers until it is completely shut.

STEP 3 of using a calotte/bead tip
STEP 3 of using a calotte/bead tip
Calottes/Bead Tips - Designed Tip
Calottes/Bead Tips – Designed Tip

How To Make An S-Hook

S-Hook for jewellery finishes
S-Hook for jewellery finishes

 

Materials:

Wire

Tools:

Round nose pliers, File or wire-rounder tool, Wire Cutters

 

STEP 1:

Cut a piece of wire 3.20cm in length. Smooth the 5 ends of the wire using a file or a wire-rounded tool. Using a marker mark the centre of the wire.

STEP 1 for S-Hook
STEP 1 for S-Hook

STEP 2:

Bend the wire halfway from the centre placing it in the larger part of the round nose pliers and make a U shape.

STEP 2 for S-Hook
STEP 2 for S-Hook

STEP 3:

Repeat step 2 for the other end of the wire but now bending it in the opposite direction.

STEP 3 for S-Hook
STEP 3 for S-Hook

STEP 4:

Align the ends of the wire to the centre and curl them.

STEP 4 for S-Hook
STEP 4 for S-Hook

STEP 5:

Gently mould the wire in a “S” shape.

STEP 5 for S-Hook
STEP 5 for S-Hook
S-Hook Designer Tip
S-Hook Designer Tip

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