What is a clamshell bead?
Bead tips and clamshells are used to join thread to a clasp, and are easy to use. They’re great for use with silk because they make strong, streamlined finished jewelry.
WHAT IS A crimp bead used for?
Crimp beads are soft metal beads used in place of knots to secure clasps and beads onto un-knottable stringing material such as beading wire. To use crimps, you will need some flat nose pliers to squash the crimps, or speciality crimping pliers that “fold” the bead into a small volume. First, thread crimp onto wire.