One of the first jewelry pieces my daughter Leah ever made was a lovely strung bead bracelet. She has since learned many more advanced techniques, but will still use beading in her pieces. This week she will share with you proper crimping technique, so your beaded pieces are finished neatly and strongly:-)
First, cut a length of beading wire 2-3 inches longer than your beaded length needs to be(the length of your bracelet minus the length of your clasp). Thread a crimp tube onto the wire and slide it down the wire. Bring the end of the beading wire around and thread it back through the crimp to make a small loop. Try to only have an inch or less of excess tail, you do not want to end up with too little when you crimp the other end of your piece!
Once you have your loop the desired size, set the crimp tube into the crimping divot of a pair of crimping pliers. This is the divot that has a bump going into a semicircle cutout. Squeeze firmly to form the crimp into a U shape.
Set the U shaped crimp sideways into the folding divot of the pliers. This is the divot that has two semicircle cutouts and the pliers shown have three different folding divots, for different sized crimp tools. Once the crimp is sitting sideways, so it looks like a C instead of a U, squeeze firmly again to fold the crimp over securely.
This will give you a firmly clamped loop that should not slip or break. Now all that is left is to cut off the tail end of wire as close to the crimp as you can, although you can leave the tail if your beads can fit over both strands and hide the tail.