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How to Use Crimp Bead and a Crimp Tool
Crimp beads small beads that you squeeze with a crimp tool to secure a clasp to a bracelet or necklace. They are necessary when using certain types of stringing materials such as flexible beading wire like Soft Flex or Flex Rite.

There are other innovative ways to use the crimping technique to create earrings, book marks, or other projects.

The most popular crimp beads are
sterling silver 2mm crimp beads, which look like little tubes. Sterling silver is preferred for durability as well as appearance.
Supplies & Materials:
Flush Cutters
Crimp Tool
Crimp Beads

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1 After you finish stringing all your beads, thread a crimp bead onto one end.  

Thread the end of the beading wire through the clasp and backwards through the crimp beads. This will create a loop. Adjust the size of the loop as necessary. Don't make it too tight, make it loose enough to allow movement, but not too loose or the loop will be too big.


3 Use the inner hole of the crimping tool to squeeze the crimp bead.  
4 The result will be a taco shaped crimp bead.  
5 Next use the outer hold of the crimp tool to "close the taco" shaped crimp bead.  
6 The result should look like this photo. Repeat on the other end to attach a jump ring or other part of the clasp.

Crimp covers can also be used to cover up a crimp tube bead to make it look like a round bead. Click here for instructions on How to Use Crimp Covers.
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