How to Use Crimp Beads

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How to Use Crimp Beads. Beaded jewelry is popular and easy to make. All you need to do is choose beads and string them into a necklace, a pair of earrings or a bracelet. Using crimp beads can help give your jewelry a more finished look. Crimp beads are usually used to hide the knot that connects your clasp to the string of beads. Here's how you can secure a crimp bead.

Buy crimp beads that match your jewelry piece. Crimp beads are usually made of metal and they have a slit cut into them so that they do not form a closed bead. You can get crimp beads in different types of metals, even gold and silver.

Put your crimp bead around the knot you've tied between the clasp and the beads of your jewelry.

Start closing your crimp bead. Take your crimping pliers, and put your bead into the largest circle on your pliers.

Put low pressure on your crimp bead to start to close it. Turn the crimp bead so that you press it gently from many different directions. This will keep you from distorting the bead's shape.

Finish closing the crimp bead. Place your crimp bead into the smaller circle of the crimping pliers. Apply low pressure to gently close the bead. Turn the crimp bead so that you apply pressure from many different directions until it is completely closed.

Repeat steps 2 through 6 over the knot at the other end for your jewelry piece.

Tip

Always buy more crimp beads than you think you need, and practice using your pliers on one bead before moving on to your jewelry piece. This will help you adjust the pressure you use on the metal in this particular crimp bead.

Warning

Some crimp beads are made of very soft metal, and your crimping pliers might dent the beads while you close them. You can prevent some dents by placing a piece of transparent office tape over the pliers.