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Beading: How to Crimp

When connecting your beaded strings to clasps, crimp beads make the process easy and the connection secure.

What You Need:

  • Wire cutters
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimping tool
  • Desired clasp


1. Gather the supplies listed, above.

2. Cut the beading wire to the length instructed in the project directions.

3. Thread a crimp bead on one end of beading wire, pass wire through the end of the desired clasp, and run wire back through the crimp bead in the opposite direction. (Note: The crimping tool has two notches, one to flatten the crimp bead and one to round out the flattened crimp.) Flatten the crimp bead firmly with a crimping tool.

4. Squeeze crimp bead again to round out the bead. Trim the end with wire cutters if needed.

5. After the wire is beaded, repeat Step 3 to attach the remaining piece of clasp.

6. Cut the wire ends close to the crimp beads and tuck the ends into the adjacent beads.


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