I absolutely love to use the crimping technique! With just a spool of beading wire and some crimp beads, it’s possible to create an endless number of strung necklace and bracelet designs! If you love to crimp as much as I do, then you have probably come up with designs in which you want an exceptionally nice finished look that your exposed beading wire and crimp beads just can’t achieve. Well, I am here to give you not one, not two, but three ways that you can finish your strung jewelry to achieve the most professional look possible!
Number One: Wire Guardians
The Using a Wire Guardian Technique shows you how to use a wire guardian for concealing the otherwise exposed beading wire, while also providing the added bonus of protecting your beading wire from abrasion! This option is the best one to use when your jewelry piece is heavier and is at risk of the clasp rubbing against the beading wire. The image below shows you the difference between the look of a bare crimped loop and a crimped loop that has been made with a wire guardian.
Number Two: French Wire
The Using French Wire with Beading Wire Technique shows you how to hide beading wire beautifully with a small coil of wire called French wire. This option is the best to use when your crimped loop is on display in your jewelry piece. This could be useful if the crimped loop is at the front of your necklace or if your piece is a bracelet, because the clasp is always visible. I especially love French wire because it cover the entire piece of beading wire, while wire guardians only partially cover the beading wire. The image below shows you the difference between the look of a bare crimped loop and a crimped loop that has been made with French wire.
Number Three: Crimp Bead Covers
I saved the best for last! Crimp Bead Covers are not only my favorite way to finish my beading wire, but I will not make a strung piece of jewelry without them! They can either be used alone or in conjunction with a wire guardian or French wire. Use the Crimp Bead Cover Technique to cover your crimp bead with, of course, a crimp bead cover! This will create the illusion that there is a small round metal bead in place of a crimp bead. The image below shows the difference between a bare crimped loop and a loop with a crimp bead cover.
Finishing your beading with wire guardians, French wire or crimp bead covers not only improves the look of your crimped loops, but it is also a great way to make sure that the metal colors on your jewelry pieces match. The basic Beadalon and Soft Flex beading wires are both a dark gray color, which can easily stand out on a gold piece of jewelry. By simply adding the simple touches that I showed you, you can make sure every speck of your gold jewelry is gold colored!
Happy Stringing! – Sara