The Clam Shell

How To Attach a Clam ShellThe clam shell is a great kind of clasp, and is easy to attach. Our example uses Softflex Wire , a 2mm Sterling Silver Crimping Bead , and a Sterling Silver Clam Shell . You will also need a set of chain nose pliers and a set of wire cutters. If you don’t have wire cutters, nail clippers are a surprisingly effective substitute.

Attaching the Clam Shell

Slide the Softflex wire through the sterling silver clam shell, and then through the sterling silver crimping bead. Now hold the wire with your fingers while using the tip of the chain nose pliers to fit the crimping bead snugly into the ‘mouth’ of the clam shell. Then you can use a slightly broader section of the pliers’ teeth to crimp the sterling silver bead. This will lock the clam shell in place. All that remains is to trim the excess wire with your wire cutters. Finished!

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