How to Use Crimp Beads for Jewelry

In reality, this section could also be described as “dealing with beading wire” as these two materials work together. Crimp beads are utilized to protect completions of beading wire or other thin products (like fishing line/monofilament) so that your beads do not simply slide off.

The tools and products are really easy. You’ll require beading wire, beads, crimping pliers, and crimp beads.
There is rather a range of crimp beads on the market – some larger for bigger gauges of wire, some in tube form, some with lines along the side, etc. But, they all operate in the exact same way.

To begin, you’ll move your crimp bead onto the end of your wire, threading the wire’s end back through the bead to form a loop.

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Make certain you leave a bit of a tail on the wire to assist two times as protecting your jewelry. You can make the loop of your wire as large or as small as you desire by re-positioning the bead.

From there, pick up your crimping pliers and take a good take a look at them.

You need to be able to see two sets of notches in the jaws of the pliers. The embedded in the front (# 1, above in red) are simply two fundamental curves in the jaws. They are utilized to smash your crimp beads. The embedded in the back (# 2, above in blue) has one simple curve (top jaw) and one curve with a small raised portion in the middle (bottom jaw). This set is utilized to put a bend in your crimp bead.

To utilize the crimping pliers on your crimp bead, position the crimp bead (on the beading wire) between the very first set of notches and squeeze the pliers together so the bead misshapes into more of an oval shape.

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You don’t wish to squeeze so toughly that the crimp bead smashes completely.

Open the pliers’ jaws somewhat and move the crimp bead directly back to the second set of notches. Squeeze the pliers shut again so that the bead is folded somewhat.

The raised portion of the notch does most of the work for you.

Again, open the jaws of the pliers a little while holding the beading wire. Turn your crimp bead 90 degrees, put it back in the first set of notches, and squeeze to flatten the fold.

Beware to not squeeze too hard as your bead could fall apart from overworking it. I speak from experience. This method, similar to all of them, may require some practice. So, do not get annoyed.

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From here, you would add your beads, making certain they cover the tail likewise. Once your beads are all included, you would repeat the crimping procedure on the other end of the beading wire.

I developed a video of the process of crimping a bead if you’d rather see how it’s done.

In addition, if you do not have crimping pliers, you can still use crimp beads by merely flattening the crimp bead on your beading wire with chain-nose pliers.

It’s an easy procedure, it simply does not have that included strength of a folded-over crimp bead.

Here are a few examples of how you would use a crimp bead in your jewelry-making. The crimp beads are circled in red.

On the left, crimp beads have been utilized in a locket (a bracelet would also work) to finish the locket prior to the clasp being included. At the bottom, crimp beads are used to produce a floating bead by sandwiching a bead between 2 crimped beads. This strategy is typically done on the fishing line to boost the “floating” illusion. On the leading right, crimp beads are used on a brief length of beading wire to produce a link that can be linked to another component. I’ve also seen jewelry artists utilize crimp beads on beading wire without producing the loop. Nevertheless, I prefer the doubling up for additional strength. It’s merely an individual preference. I encourage you to experiment with and explore this method to find out what you choose.

As constantly, please don’t think twice to let me understand if you have any questions, remarks, or additional info about using crimp beads.

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