|1) After stringing your beads, make an overhand knot at one end of your wire.
Tape one end of your work to the work surface to anchor it while you are working with the other end.
|2) Place your knot into the calotte and gently press it shut with a flat-nose plier.
Look for the little groove in the calotte for the thread to sit in.
|3) You now want to put a knot at the other end of your work.
So at the other end, make an overhand knot loosely. Put a blunt-ended needle in the loop and use the needle to slide the knot close to the beads. Make sure that the knot is close but not too close to the beads so that you have space for your calotte. It also ensures that your finished work will not be too tight nor inflexible.
Place another calotte crimp over the knot as you did for the other end and gently squeeze close with the pliers.
|4) You finish by attaching your fastener to the calottes. You can either gently open the loop on the calotte or the loop from the fastener - depending on the typ of fastener you are using.
Cut off any excess length of wire/thread left handing out from the calottes.
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