Beading for Beginners:
How to Attach a Clasp


Beading for Beginners: Learn an easy, but essential, technique: How to Put a Clasp on a Necklace or Bracelet - illustrated jewelry making instructions! Then, learn how to make a beaded necklace.

Use Beading Wire

One way to attach clasps to bracelets and necklaces is to use crimp beads to crimp beading wire. The beading technique used is called crimping.

It is one of many beading techniques used in bead stringing projects.

How to Attach Clasps
to Necklaces and Bracelets

Tutorial Category: Stringing Tutorials

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • 2 crimp tube beads
  • 2 crimp covers
  • 1 jewelry clasp set
  • length of beading wire

Jewelry Making Tools

  • one pair crimping pliers
  • one pair chain nose pliers

Beginner Jewelry Making Instructions

1. Gather supplies and tools.

2. For practice, cut a twelve inch length of beading wire.

How to Cut Beading Wire

When making a bracelet or necklace, always cut beading wire to equal the length of a finished bracelet or necklace plus at least six inches. The six inches allows room to maneuver the wire and to add a few more beads if necessary. Most jewelry making instructions will tell you what length of beading wire to cut.

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How to Attach a Clasp to a Necklace or Bracelet

3. About 1 1/2 inches from one end, make a bend in the beading wire.

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4. String a crimp bead and one half of a clasp onto the same end of the beading wire.

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5. Thread the flexible beading wire back through the clasp's ring and crimp bead, making a loop to hold the clasp.

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6. With your non-dominant hand, pick up and hold the beading wire and crimp bead with your index finger and thumb.

Try to make sure that the wires are as parallel as possible (to allow the crimping pliers' notch to go between them) and leave sufficient room between the clasp ring and the crimp bead, allowing the clasp to move freely.

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How to Use Crimp Beads

7. With your dominant hand, pick up the crimping pliers.

Place the crimp bead into the notch closest to the pliers' handle.

Try to ensure that the wires are separated and parallel with one wire on each side of the notch.

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8. Squeeze the pliers shut.

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9. Place the crimped crimp bead into the notch closest to the crimping pliers' tip.

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10. Squeeze the pliers shut.

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11. Folded crimp bead.

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How to Use Crimp Covers

12. Place folded crimp bead into crimp cover.

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13. Place the crimp covered bead into the notch closest to the crimping pliers' tip.

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14. Squeeze the pliers shut.

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Properly covered crimp bead.

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Now you're ready to string beads (as instructed in a set of jewelry making instructions).

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Method #2 for Crimping
Beading Wire: Flatten, then Crimp

15. Perform steps 1 - 6.

With your dominant hand, pick up the chain nose pliers. Place the crimp bead between the tips of the chain nose pliers. Squeeze pliers shut to flatten the crimp bead.

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16. Flattened the crimp bead.

Some beaders will stop here and to finish off bracelet and necklace ends, but I do not. A flattened crimp bead is not as secure as a fully crimped crimp bead. When stress is placed of the jewelry piece (say if it gets caught on something) it can come undone.

Stop here when making earrings with beading wire.

You'll place an earring wire where you have the clasp.

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17. To better secure a flattened crimp, simply crimp it.

Place the flattened crimp bead into the notch closest to the pliers' handle.

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18. Squeeze the pliers shut.

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19. Now, simply complete steps 9 - 11. Add a crimp cover if desired.

Now you have a very secure crimp. Use the flatten first, then crimp method when you're crimping heavy beads.

Flattening, then folding ensures that there is little to no empty space in the crimp tube. Over time extra space can lead to the beading wire slipping from the crimped bead.


That's it. You're done! Use these techniques for finishing a beaded necklace or bracelet.

Guess what? You're learning how to make bead jewelry! Now, use this beading technique to make a necklace. . .learn how to string beads!

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