Knotting

Step 1

Tie an overhand knot near the end of the silk cord (opposite of the wire needle). Make sure the knot is bigger than the hole on the clamshell bead tip. String the bead tip onto the silk cord so that the knot fits neatly into its 'cup'.

Step 4

Pull the end of the silk cord so that the knot tightens around the tip of the tweezers.

Step 2

Place a dab of glue on the knot to seal the fibers of the silk, cut off excess cord and close the cup of the bead tip gently with chain nose pliers

Step 6

When the knot is tight, gently pull the tip of the tweezers out and give the knot a little "push" with the tweezers to tighten it completely against the bead. Add your next bead and repeat.

Step 3

Tie a knot on the other side of the bead tip. String your first bead onto the silk and push it up against the knot. Make an overhand knot with the silk cord, but do not pull it tight. Keep it loose and a bit open.

Step 7

When knotting is complete, string another bead tip onto the end as shown. Knot into the 'cup' until the bead tip is held in place by the knot.

Step 4

Place your beading tweezers inside the loop of the knot you just made. Grasp the silk cord at the place where it comes out of the bead hole, making sure the bead is pushed tightly in place.

Step 8

Place a dab of glue on the knot in the bead tip, cut off excess cord and gently close the cup on the bead tip with the chain nose pliers. Attach a clasp to the loops on each bead tip and close the loop of the bead tip around the clasp with the pliers.