How To Crimp a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube

by Tom Triplett, Content Development Manager, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Looking at the closed jaws of the tool you will note the two crimp forming areas: the initial crimping station (E) and the final rounding station (F).

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Using flush-cutters, cut a length of Accu-Flex® Professional Quality beading wire long enough for your design.
Pass the wire through a crimp bead or crimp tube then through one side of an Accu-Guard™ wire protector.
Thread the loop of one half of the clasp onto the wire. Pass the loop up into the Accu-Guard so it is positioned in the center of the curve.

Pass the wire back through the crimp tube.
Pull the wire so one half is only 1-inch long and the wire is pulled down into the channel of the Accu-Guard. Slide the crimp tube up so it meets the bottom of each side of the Accu-Guard.

Note: There are two notches in the jaws of the crimping pliers.
Place the crimp tube into the second notch closest to the handles of the crimping pliers. Separate the wires inside the crimp tube so they each wind up on either half of the crimp tube after the next step.

Tip: This placement will make for a stronger crimped connection as the metal surrounds more of the stringing material.

Squeeze the handles of the pliers until you feel the crimp tube collapse. The crimp tube should be a "V" shape now.
Set the crimp in the first notch of the pliers so it is standing up in the notch.

Squeeze the pliers until the crimp bead has fully collapsed forming a smaller tube.

Pull on one wire to make sure the crimp is tight and holding.

Using flush-cutters, trim the short end of the wire until it is flush with the top of the crimp tube. This will eliminate any poking a longer length of wire might cause.
String on the beads in your design.
Finish the other side of the design repeating Steps 2 - 11.
For a more professional look, place a crimp cover over the crimped crimp tube. Using the front notch on the crimping pliers or a pair of chain-nose pliers, gently close the crimp cover. The crimped crimp tube will then be concealed inside the crimp cover.

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