Finishing off a bracelet or necklace using crimping pliers may look intimidating – but if you follow 3 simple steps, you’ll be crimping like a pro before you know it!
Before we start, let’s take a closer look at our crimping pliers (read a post about crimping pliers here.) You will notice that there are two indentations on the end – the one on the outside edge looks like an oval and the one on the inside edge looks like a semi-circle. Your crimp bead (or tube) will fit right into these indentations – and crimping is as simple as squeezing the handles of the pliers!
Step 1: Slide a single crimp bead (or tube) onto your wire. Pass the wire through the clasp of your choice (or simply leave a loop of wire), and then pass the wire back through your crimp bead.
Step 2: Gently place your crimp bead in the semi-circle shaped indentation of the crimping pliers (inside edge). Firmly squeeze the pliers’ handles together. This will flatten your crimp bead, and at the same time put an indent into it.
Step 3: Take your flattened crimp bead and place it in the oval shaped indentation of the pliers (outside edge). Be sure to line up your bead so that the indent faces out (see image). Firmly squeeze the pliers’ handles together – this will neatly fold your crimp bead in half!
Optional: If you would prefer a slightly flatter crimp to the rounded one you have –take a pair of flat-nose pliers and very gently squeeze the crimped bead to flatten it just a bit.
If it doesn’t look perfect on your first try – do not despair! It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of this nifty tool. If you are just learning, I recommend getting comfortable using larger crimp beads before trying anything delicate.
Use you newly-acquired skills an try making the Winter Wonderland Bracelet!