Lanyards make great gifts for teachers and one special teacher I know is getting a custom beaded lanyard for Christmas this year! Since I know this lanyard is going to be in an elementary school with lots of little grabby hands, I asked my co-worker Rebecca for advice. You can use her trick to make your crimping projects extra-secure!
Attach one end of your project to a clasp or a center component with a crimp as normal, leaving a 2-3 inch tail of beading wire. Add three of your beads, then add a second crimp bead and crimp your tail to your main beading wire. Leave a little extra space around your crimps if you’re using crimp covers. Feed your wire up into three more beads, then trim the remainder of the tail. Having a second crimp means that if one crimp fails under stress or if it wasn’t attached properly, the second crimp will be there as a failsafe.
Add beads to the rest of your project. When you get towards the end, string a crimp bead, three more beads, another crimp bead, and then the other side of your clasp or component. Thread the tail of your beading wire back through these beads and crimps. I’m finishing my lanyard with a Sterling Silver Oval Wire Component. Make sure you don’t have too much slack in your beading wire, but do leave enough room for your project to flex and for your crimp covers to fit. Crimp right next to the clasp or component, add your cover, then crimp the back-up crimp bead and add its cover.
You can use this trick any time you’re worried about the durability of a crimped project. I use it for pieces I know will take abuse, like lanyards, or when I design with heavy gemstones or crystals.
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Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen