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How to Use a Crimp Tool

Learn to Use a Crimp Tube on Jewelry Wire

designed by Artbeads
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniqueSimple Stringing
Time1-3 hours
  • Instructions
  • Supplies

Choose a jewelry wire that is appropriate for the materials that you are working with. The drill holes in the pearls we are using are small so for this piece we will use a finer jewelry wire. To give a more professional look to your jewelry, check out our How to Use a Crimp Cover tutorial.

If you are not confident in the strength of your crimp, you may consider doing two crimps side by side. If you plan on using a crimp cover to conceal your crimp, make sure to leave some space between the crimp and the clasp. Otherwise, when closing the crimp cover, you may end up crimping your clasp as well.

Note: It is important that you use the right size tool for your crimp tubes. For 1mm crimp tubes, we recommend the Micro Crimper. For 2mm crimp tubes, we recommend the Bead Crimper Tool. For 3mm and 4mm crimp tubes, we recommend using either the Mighty Crimper or Bent Chain Nose Pliers. Finally, for round crimp tubes and twisted crimp tubes, we recommend Bent Chain Nose Pliers.

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Add all available items to your cart at once or edit the quantities below. Nice choice! All or most of the products needed for this project are shown below with quantities. Sometimes we sell out of components and aren’t able to order more from the manufacturer (we know, it is very disappointing to us, too). Use the opportunity to mix up the design and make it yours by substituting similar products or altering the entire color scheme—it’s up to you!
Bead Crimper Tool
Code TOOL-100
1
$13.99
$12.31
Artbeads Designer Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .014 100-Feet (30.5 Meters)
Code ZP49-100F-014
Material Stainless Steel Brand Artbeads Thickness 0.014 Inches Wire Type 49-Strand Sold on Spools Place Of Origin Japan More Measurements Length 100 feet
1
$38.99
$35.09
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube Bead
Code SS-CRM2
Material Sterling Silver .925 Dimensions 2.0 x 2.0mm Features Crimpable Sold Individually Place Of Origin USA More Measurements Inside diameter 1.4mm
1
$0.12
$0.10
50 $0.10 $0.09
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