How to Use Crimp Beads with Crimp Tool

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Crimping Crimp Beads Over Beading Wire

Crimping Crimp Beads Over Beading Wire

I need to see how to use the crimp tool with the crimp bead. Mine (crimped crimp beads) never come out well.

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Tips for Crimping Crimp Beads
by: Wanda

Crimping crimp beads to secure beading wire can sometimes prove tricky. The key is to use the right crimping tool, otherwise known as crimping pliers, and the correct size crimp beads.

The pictures above show the crimping process without beads (main photo) and the crimping process with beads on the beading wire (photo 2).

Here's where you can see step by step how it's done:
How to Crimp Crimp Beads Tutorial

Below are a few tips to increase your chances of crimping perfect crimp beads every time:

1: Use the correct size crimping pliers for your crimp beads.

Here, when I speak of crimp beads, I'm talking about crimp tube beads, not round crimp beads.

Crimping pliers come in three sizes: Micro Crimper, regular crimping pliers and the Mighty Crimper. I own all three sizes, but mostly use regular crimping pliers.

With the exception of the regular crimping pliers, these terms or names are printed on the handle of the pliers.

Crimp beads are available in several different sizes. The most common is 2mm by 2mm, usually designated as simply Size 2. Use regular crimping pliers to crimp Size 2 crimp beads.

The packaging on some crimping pliers state that they can be used on a 2mm by 3mm crimp bead as well. I tried this and found that part of the length of the 2mm by 3mm crimp bead was not well crimped. So I use regular crimping pliers to crimp only 2mm by 2mm crimp beads.

Some other generally available size crimp beads are 1mm by 1mm and 3mm by 3mm. In general, use micro crimpers with 1mm by 1mm (Size 1) and Mighty Crimpers with 3mm by 3mm (Size 3) size crimp beads.

2: Separate the beading wire before crimping.

When crimping crimp beads, separate the two sides of the beading wire. This is shown in both of the photos above, but can be tricky after you've threaded the wire back through the beads. But try to make sure that at least the two sides of the wire that resulted from the loop in the wire are separated (Photo 2) before crimping the crimp bead.

3: Use double wall crimp beads.

Double wall or heavy crimp beads are thicker than regular crimp beads. The difference is subtle, but the extra metal makes a stronger crimp. Your jewelry may hold up better over time.

Most times you will have to specifically ask for or order double wall or heavy crimp tube beads. So, if your crimps regularly come undone or break easily, be sure to ask your bead supplier for double wall or heavy crimp tube beads.

Personally, I mostly use 2mm by 2mm crimp beads with regular crimping pliers, but different jewelry making circumstances call for different jewelry making supplies. Time (and trial and error) will teach you what you need to know for your specific circumstances.

Who knew there was so much to know about crimp beads!

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