Using Crimp Beads
If you are making jewellery, you will find yourself using crimp beads at some point. There are different types of crimp beads. The literal beads are tiny round pieces of metal that can be used with materials like Beadalon or Tiger Tail to add a clasp to jewellery. You can also use crimps for attaching clasps onto leather.
If you are using crimp beads, I would advise you to invest in a pair of crimping pliers. They are very easy to use. This techniques sheet shows you how. They will enable you to create a professional-looking crimp.
Finally, you may also want to use crimp covers to hide your crimps. Crimp covers have the appearance of a metal bead. So, just add them on top of the crimp. That means if you are struggling to make neat crimps, this solves your problems!
If you want to learn more about the tools and materials you will need for jewellery making, then I can help. I have a lot more information on my website My World of Beads. You can find detailed articles about crimping pliers, crimp covers and the different types of crimp as well.
If you are interesting in trying your crimping skills on a project, then try my playing cards bracelet. It combines bead-weaving with stringing and crimping techniques.
I believe that the basic beading techniques are the fundamentals to all beadwork and you should be able to learn them for free. These techniques are not copyrighted. So I wanted to make sure that everyone has access to well-thought out materials for learning these building blocks.
If you find my style of teaching and writing works for you, then I hope you will return. I will send you a discount coupon. You can use this to sample some of the patterns on this website. Or, if you live nearby, do please book for one of my classes. You can find an up-to-date list of my teaching schedule on the beading classes page.