Bead tips provide an elegant way to hide knots at the ends of bead thread. To use a bead tip, thread the end of your stringing material through the hole, then knot it in the "cup" to secure your strand. If your thread is very thin, you may want to tie the knot around a seed bead, for extra bulk and security. Next, bend the hook closed to create a simple loop, and attach a clasp or jump ring.
- Clam-shell (fold-over) bead tips allow you to completely cover (hide) the knot by folding the clam shell over the knot.
- Extra-secure fold-over bead tips include an already-closed loop.
What's the difference between bead tips and crimp beads? Crimp beads are crimped onto cable or wire (best for stringing materials that can't be knotted), whereas bead tips are best for thread and cord that knots well (and might get cut or frayed if crimped). Bead tips aesthetically hide the secure hold created by the knot inside them.