How to Use Crimp Beads

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Crimp beads are very useful when working with wire to secure the ends of wire into loops so that they can be connected to other jewelry components.

How to Use Crimp Beads, Crimp Beads

Crimp Beads:  Crimp beads are metallic beads that come in various sizes and metal finishes.

How to Use Crimp Beads, Step 1

Step 1:  String the crimp bead on the wire a few inches from the tail.  With pliers or your hands, bend the tail back through the crimp bead, leaving a loop in the wire.

Option:  Before bending wire back through crimp bead, string another jewelry component such as a clasp or jump ring, on the wire so that it will be secured in the loop.

How to Use Crimp Beads, Step 2

Step 2:  Using flat nose pliers, press the crimp bead securely so that it flattens, securing the wire into a loop..

How to Use Crimp Beads, Flattened Bead

Appearance of the flattened crimp bead.

How to Use Crimp Beads, Step 3

Step 3:   Using wire cutters, trim the tail of the wire as close to the crimp bead as possible.

How to Use Crimp Beads, Completed Loom

Appearance of completed loop with crimp bead.