Jewelry Making Tip of the Week – October 11th – A More Decorative Crimping Technique

by Karen on October 11, 2009

For those of us who have been stringing for years, we have used either flat crimps or a crimper which entails a two step process – first folding the crimp bead over the stringing material and then squeezing again to flatten and secure. This method provides a strong hold, but it sure would be nice if there was something a little more decorative to finish our creations.  Well, a couple of years ago Bead Smith came out with the Magical Crimp Forming tool. This tool enables you to crimp the tube to form what ends up looking more like a round 2mm bead.  Auntie’s Beads demonstrates the technique and result here http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Category.aspx?ID=dbc042d6-8d94-4da9-b3b6-704b1d9748e6 There are two sizes available – one for .014″-.015″ size wire and one for the more traditional .019″.  It takes a little practice but the end result is worth it as it adds a special finished look to your piece.

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cri October 19, 2009 at 4:06 am

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