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 Using Accu-Guard™ Wire Protectors 

by Marlynn McNutt, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Accu-Guard wire protectors are designed to protect wire from undue wear from clasps and other sharp-edged components. Similar to French wire, only stiff and pre-curved into a horseshoe shape. Available in sterling silver, gold-filled, copper, and silver- or gold-plated brass.

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Step 1
Cut a piece of Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading wire to the size needed for your beading project.
Step 2

Pass the end of the Accu-Flex professional-quality beading wire through a crimp tube and through the tube on one side of the wire protector. You will notice that there is a tube on each end of the wire protector, with a channel in between.

Pass the Accu-Flex through the other tube then tighten. As you tighten the Accu-Flex will lay flush in the channel.
Step 3

Add one half of your clasp by sliding the loop up into the curve of the wire protector. Pass the Accu-Flex back through the crimp bead and crimp using crimping pliers. Using wire cutters, trim any excess Accu-Flex.
Step 4
String your beads onto the Accu-Flex.
Step 5
To finish, repeat Steps 2 and 3 using the other half of the clasp. Pull the Accu-Flex to make sure there is no slack along the length of the design. Crimp the bead to secure.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''How To Crimp a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Using Crimp Covers'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Crimping with Screw-Tite Crimps™'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
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