All About Crimp Beads for Jewelry Making
Crimp beads are an essential part of a jewellery makers toolkit - they are multi-functional and come in a range of different sizies and metals.
They are also tiny little blighters so need to be stored safe and sound and away from any surface which is full of nooks, crannies or grooves. Take this as a public service announcement - never work with crimping beads on wooden decking - they will roll away - you will lose them - and it will be at a critical moment - that is just the way it is.
In fact jewelry making in general is best carried out on wide flat surfaces covered with non splip jewelry mats - you'll go through a lot less beads that way.
Back to crimp beads then ...
What are Crimp Beads
Crimp beads are small, made from metal and are hollow i.e. they have a hole running through the middle. They can be round or tube shaped and are used to secure beads in place i.e. for a floating necklace (the name refers to the beads which look like they are floating on air as clear wire is used) or, more commonly, they are used to secure the ends of beading wire and to form a loop so that clasps can be added.
How are Crimp Beads Attached To Finish and Necklace or Bracelet
The easiest way to see how crimp beads are attached to beading wire is to watch the attached video.
In effect what happens is that after the last bead has been placed the crimp bead is added. The wire is then bend back over itself and passed back through the crimp bead forming a loop. The crimp bead is then 'crimped' using a pair of crimping pliers and the loose end of the wire is poked through the top few beads to hide it from sight.
How To Use Crimps In a Floating Necklace
A floating necklace is a beautiful thing to behold, and crucially not too complicated to make.
The key is in the spacing of the beads and in using small crimp beads to support them. The attached video gives a good demonstration of how to create a floating necklace, and also gives an alternative methods of closing crimp beads for those who do not have a pair of crimping pliers.
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