by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
String your design onto the very strong Accu-Flex® beading wire and secure it using crimp ends. For this type of crimp, all you need is a pair of chain-nose pliers to secure it and the tube is finished nicely with two ends that are a bit wider than the center which offers a professional finish. You can choose ends with loops and add your own favorite clasp or choose ends where one has a loop and one has a hook for a ready-made clasp.
Cut a length of Accu-Flex® beading wire to your desired length. Place one end of the Accu-Flex® beading wire into one section of the crimp end.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp end. Pull on the Accu-Flex® beading wire to assure the wire is secured to the crimp tube end. If there is any movement, retighten the arrangement and compress more firmly.
Once secure, string on your beads. Add a second crimp tube with loop to the other end of the length of Accu-Flex® beading wire. Compress the center section with chain-nose pliers. Test to make sure it is crimped securely.
For a single-strand crimp tube with loop your design would be complete. Use a pair of flat-nose pliers and a pair chain-nose pliers to open two jumprings. Use the open jumprings to secure your clasp to the loops on the end of the crimp tubes to finish. For a multi-strand design, secure a second length of Accu-Flex® beading wire to the next hole on the multi-strand crimp end.
String on your beads then add the second half of this strand to the matching hole on the second crimp end then secure using chain-nose pliers.
Pull on the Accu-Flex® beading wire to be sure the strand is secure. Using flush-cutter pliers trim any excess Accu-Flex® beading wire.
Repeat Step 3-4 until you have strung as many strands of Accu-Flex® beading wire that your design calls for. Once you have completed stringing your design, use jumprings to secure your clasp to the loops on the ends of the crimp tubes to finish.
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