Crimping

In this tutorial, we'll discuss basic crimping. Crimping is a skill critical to jewelry design!

Cut a length of about 12” of Beadalon beading wire.

Secure one end with a bead stopper or tape.

Once you are finished stringing, add a crimp tube, one side of your clasp, and then thread the beading wire back through the crimp tube and through a couple of beads on the bracelet.

Pull the tail of the beading wire to tighten, leaving only enough room between the crimp tube and the clasp to allow the clasp to move freely.

There are two notches on the crimping plier; one is oval shaped, and the other is shaped like a “u” or a kidney bean.

Lay the crimp tube into the first notch on the crimping plier and squeeze.

This is how the crimp tube should look after using the first notch on the crimping plier, like an open book.

Now, using the second notch on the crimping plier, close the book.

This is how the crimp tube should look after being squeezed in the second notch on the crimping plier.

Sometimes the crimp needs to be tightened a bit. The very tip of the crimping plier is flat, so you can use it to gently squeeze the crimped tube until it’s tight. Be careful not to squeeze too hard, it can smash the crimp tube and create jagged edges.

Repeat steps 3-7 to crimp the other side of the bracelet. To make sure there is no slack, carefully lift the bracelet vertically and pull on the tail of the beading wire. There should be just enough room between the crimp and the clasp for the clasp to move comfortably.

Once both sides of the bracelet are securely crimped, trim the ends of the beading wire with nippers. It’s a good idea to string the beading wire through a few beads at the end of the bracelet (if possible), so you are not cutting the wire directly next to the crimp tube.

Congratulations. You're done!

Conclusion

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