Using Crimp Beads

Crimp Beads

What are crimp beads? A crimp bead is a small tube shaped bead that is used to hold together the ends of beading wire so you can add a clasp.

What you need:

  • Crimp Beads
  • Crimping Pliers
  • Beading Wire
  • A Clasp
  • Beads

To start take the length of beading wire that you need in your non-dominant hand and using your dominant hand add a crimp bead and one end of your clasp. Here I'm using a toggle clasp.

Crimping Step 1

Holding the wire with your non-dominant hand take your dominant hand and run about 2 inches of your beading wire back through the crimp bead. Doing so makes a loop that holds your clasp. You want to pull it tight but not so tight that the clasp can't move or pulls on the crimp bead.

Crimping Step 2

Now with your crimping pliers in your dominant hand put the crimp bead into the very back notch as shown in the below picture. Squeeze the pliers closed tightly to squish the crimp bead.

Crimping Step 3

Now your ready to finish the crimp.

With the crimp pliers still in your dominate hand turn the crimp 90 degrees and insert it into the the use the front notch of your crimping pliers as shown and give it another good squeeze.

Crimping Step 3a

What you end up with is a crimp that looks like the one below.

Crimping Step 3b

Not everyone completes the second crimp step. It's important to do this so that you jewelry piece is more secure. I made the mistake of only doing the 1st squash of the crimp and had bracelets fall apart on me (You REALLY don't want that!). Once I started doing the 2nd step they have held up much better.

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