The words “crimp beads” are commonly mistaken to mean a type of bead you can use to make jewelry. These beads can be used to make jewelry, but not as the main part – just as a sort of fastener used at the end of beading wire when making beaded jewelry. This is to prevent the beads from falling off the wire. They are also used to keep the beads from interfering with the clasp of the jewelry. So, they help to secure the beads and seal the connection at the end of a strand of beads.
What to consider when purchasing crimp beads
– Beading wire:
The size and type of the beads you choose has to match the thickness of the wire they will be used on. Sometimes you have to consider the design you are making, as well. If you are making a double – stranded piece of jewelry, it goes without saying that you have to use beads that are wide enough to hold the two strands together securely.
– The design of your jewelry:
Some jewelry makers use these beads to help them make their jewelry pieces unique. Instead of allowing them bead to be visible, they hide it in beads that have large enough holes to fit around the crimp bead. This helps them to secure their beads but have the crimps hidden in a fancy large-holed bead that gives the jewelry a clean finish. Whatever the jewelry design, you should always ensure that the type you choose will fit well in it.
How to crimp your home made jewelry
Many of these beads are easy to use. You simply string them onto the wire once you are through stringing the beads as you desire. Once you string these beads onto the beading wire, you clamp it closed using chain nose pliers to secure them in place. This is simple, but the result is not attractive as it looks square shaped and not clean cut in many cases.
The other way of crimping provides a more professional finish than the use of chain nose pliers. It involves the use of crimping pliers, which are specifically made to do this kind of work. The benefit of using crimping pliers is that they…