May 30, 2017

Navigating Crimps, Guardians, and Crimp Covers


Successfully finishing off beaded jewelry pieces is, obviously, a crucial skill to master when beading. While some beaders prefer to use Clamshell Ends, another way to secure the ends of a beaded necklace or bracelet is by using Crimp Tubes. Which method you select is a personal preference, but it is nice to have options. With Beadshop’s new free handout Using Crimps, Guardians, and Covers, you will learn how to use crimp tubes in your beading designs. Additionally, the handout instructs you on using other components that go with crimp tubes, such as Wire Guardians and Crimp Covers


Xuron 4-in-1 Crimper
Starting with a detailed description and step-by-step illustrated instructions of how to manipulate the Xuron 4-in-1 Crimper, the downloadable instructions demystify this multifunctional hand tool. It is call 4-in-1 because you are able to use these crimping pliers to secure more than one size of crimp tube. Plus, they are also useful for covering the crimp tube with a cover, which gives an extra finishing touch to the completed jewelry item.

If you have been hesitant to add crimp tubes to your jewelry making skill set, do not wait any longer. Head over to the Using Crimps, Guardians, and Covers Skillbuilder on Beadshop.com, where you can also view a previously filmed Facebook Live episode that demonstrates these components. 

Crimp tubes offer a way to create a unique look to a bracelet or necklace. The addition of using the covers to go over the crimp tubes and the guards to cover the loop of beading wire on the end of a bead strand produce a professionally finished element to your beaded jewelry. 


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