Basic Jewelry Making Techniques by Linda Keesee

How to Use a Crimp Tube

When attaching wire to a clasp for your newly made necklace, the most common method is crimping, which is a small metal tube and a crimping tool. Below are 5 steps to walk you through the process.

1) Thread your wire through a crimp tube, then through the clasp you’ve chosen, and then back through the crimp tube again.

2) Using your crimp tool, place the crimp tube in the large hole at the front of your tool, then press slightly to form an oval shape in the crimp tube. This will help keep the wire separated.

3) Place the oval crimp tube in the back portion of the crimp tool, the hole with the indention, use your finger to keep the wire separated so you don’t compromise the strength of your connection, then compress firmly, flattening the tube, creating separate chambers for each wire.

4) Now place the crimp tube back into the front hole of the tool and compress folding the crimp tube in half.

5) Use your flush cutters to trim away the excess wire.

Open and Close Jump Rings

Jump rings are used in most jewelry making projects. So using good quality jump rings and knowing the correct way to open and close them is an important part in keeping your jewelry from falling apart.

1) Use two bent nose pliers or chain nose pliers. Grasp the jump ring on either side of the opening with the tip of the pliers.

2) Open the jump ring by moving the jaws sideways in opposite directions. Do not pull ends outward, that will stress the ring and you will lose the nice round shape of your jump ring.

3) To close jump rings, grasp the ring with the tip of the pliers and move sideways like before, but this time move the ends past each other while compressing them together and continue moving past each other while compressing until you feel them click into place. This will keep them secure.

Turning a Loop

When making jewelry with beaded chains or dangles, you need to know how to make a loop at the end of your head pin/eye pin.

1) First thread your bead onto your…

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