Beading for Beginners
 Easy Jewelry Making Technique
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Beading for Beginners...Never made jewelry? Use this easy beading  technique and jewelry finding to make a bead necklace!

How to Use Crimp Ends

Crimp ends are used to finish cord ends. Cords like leather, suede or ribbon used to string beads into jewelry. It is a bead stringing technique.

It just may be the easiest beading technique to learn using hand tools.

The crimp end has a ring on one end to allow you to attach jump rings and a jewelry clasp to fasten a necklace.

Follow these simple step-by-step beading instructions and you'll make the perfect folded crimp end every time.

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Simple necklace using crimp ends.

Tutorial Category: Stringing Tutorials

Skill Level: Beginning Beading

Jewelry Making Supplies

Crimp Ends

  • 2 Crimp end findings
  • 2 Split rings
  • 1 Lobster claw clasp
  • 18" Cord (like suede, leather or ribbon)
  • Bead (with a hole large enough for the cord to pass through it)

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Close Up of Crimp End Finding

If you're asking, "What are supplies?", take a look.

Jewelry Making Tools

  • One pair chain nose pliers
  • One pair split ring pliers

If you're asking, "What are pliers?", take a look.

Let's start our Beading for Beginners lesson!

Beginner Jewelry Making Instructions

1. String and center your bead onto the cord.

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2. Place one cord end into the crimp end finding.

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3. Using chain nose pliers, fold one side of the crimp end.

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4. Fold the second half of the crimp end.

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Both sides of the crimp end folded.

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5. Using split ring pliers, open a split ring. Slide the ring end of one crimp end into the opening of the split ring. Roll the split ring forward until the ring of the crimp end is securely on the split ring.

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6. Repeat Step 5 with the lobster claw clasp.

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Finished necklace ends.

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Use this technique when you want a quick and simple beading project to do with your children. It's also a great way to display your art beads.

How easy was that! Truly, jewelry making for beginners...

Move to the next level, learn how to crimp beading wire.

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