Saturday, June 21, 2014

DIY & Tool Review: Bead Crimper

If there's a single tool that's made jewelry-making quicker & easier, it's this right here: the bead crimper.


If you've tried to use crimping beads with nothing but plain old pliers, then there's a good chance that
  1. You use a lot of them, probably because
  2. You break more than half of them, resulting in
  3. Wasted beads & moneys; therefore
  4. You have become entirely frustrated with beading and have shamelessly abandoned easy jewelry projects for months at a time.
And that's not just unacceptable - it's sad. Get yourself a pair of these instead.

They're actually super easy to use! Here's how:

When you close the crimper, you'll see that it forms two openings. First, use the opening that fairly resembles a heart to bend your crimping bead into a U-shape, with your wire or strand already inserted.


Disclaimer: there's been a mistake in my tutorial! Debbie Frank comments:
One more tip: try not to criss-cross your wires, optimally they should be parallel in the first step as you make that crease in the crimp bead.


Next, use the circular notch to clamp the bead down on itself, allowing it to close around the strands.


And there you have it - a perfectly-secured crimp to hold your beaded creations in place! They're so much easier to use than pliers, and don't break nearly as many beads!



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4 comments:

  1. I need to get these! Looks like a good tool to have around.

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  2. one more tip: try not to criss-cross your wires , optimally they should be parallel in the first step as you make that crease in the crimp bead

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