Bend the French wire around the clasp loop and gently pull the Accu-Flex beading wire until it tightens the crimp against the beads and the French wire closes in a loop against the crimp. Support the French wire with your fingers as you are tightening. Crimp the crimp bead using crimping pliers.
The secret is to have the beads in place and no gaps in between before you begin, and to have the crimp and French wire as close to the beads as possible so you don't have to move them far--this saves the shape of the French wire.
An alternative to French wire (bullion) are the U-shaped Accu-Guard™ wire protectors, which are designed to protect wire from undue wear from clasps and other sharp-edge components.
This is a great suggestion for future how-to videos--thanks for your feedback!
- Marlynn McNutt, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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