Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks: Please Don’t Crimp My Style!

Today, I will be discussing the pesky but absolutely necessary little crimp bead! While neither my eyesight nor my clumsy fingers enjoy using crimp beads, I enthusiastically acknowledge the benefits of adding these findings to my strung pieces.

Crimp beads provide stability to your necklace or bracelet by securely fastening your flexible beading wire to a clasp. The most ideal bead to use is the 2x2mm sterling silver crimp bead.

Why you may ask? Well, let me count the ways my fellow beaders!

First, a 2x2mm size will work for most stringing projects! However, keep in mind the crimp bead size you need depends on the size of your beading wire or other stringing material. Second, there is no doubt that sterling silver or other precious metal crimp beads offer a higher quality than base metal. While sterling silver can be more costly, your sterling silver crimp beads are less likely to break when crimping.

For something so little, I know the kind of metal used can seem arbitrary, but I can’t help but recommend shelling out the few extra cents for the indisputable benefits of longevity and durability. Oh! And saving a little bit on time, and not to mention, less stress!

The catch of course, is that this tiny silver bead does not always go with the rest of your design!

The trick to fixing this problem lies in the very aesthetically useful cover bead! A cover bead is just what the name implies. A bead that looks like a concave C that will cover your crimp bead. Cover beads can come in a variety of colors and materials to better suit your design’s needs. These beads will make the ends of your necklace or bracelet look clean and professional.

 

So while crimp beads are not the prettiest of all beads they are incredibly useful, and with an addition of a cover bead your designs will no longer need to suffer!

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Tips and Tricks – Zoe

A few helpful links!

To find our crimping technique page click here.

To find our cover bead technique page click here.

To find our selection of crimps and crimp covers click here.

To find our beading Q&A page click here.

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