How to Attach a 'Clam Shell' Ending to Silk Thread
Using Clam Shell Endings with Natural Silk Thread
Natural silk thread is a lovely thread to work with. It is strong, you can position and secure beads by tying knots on it, and it has a wonderful soft drape. Most natural silk is sold in 2 metre lengths wrapped around small cards, and there is usually a little needle woven into the end of the thread to make it easier to string the beads. A popular brand of silk, which we stock at Kerrieberrie in a range of colours, is Griffin 100% Natural Silk. In order to attach a clasp to the end of natural silk thread, you will need to use clam shell endings.
Begin by unraveling the silk thread from the card. Make a simple overhand knot (see instructions here) in the thread at the opposite end to the needle. Slide a clam shell ending onto the needle, with the hinge part uppermost.
Push the clam shell ending to the knotted end of the thread, and cut off any excess thread beyond the knot. At this stage you can dab a little hypo cement glue onto the knot for extra security. Close the clam shell ending over the knot with chain nose pliers.
Make another overhand knot straight after the clam shell ending. You know have an ending to attach a jump ring and clasp onto (see steps for this here).