Using Crimp Tubes with Cording

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

String your design onto the cording of your choice then secure it to your clasp using a suitably sized crimp tube. 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.

Using the flush-cutters, cut a length of cording. String one crimp tube and one jumpring onto one end of the cord.
Pass the end of the cord back through the crimp tube. Pull the cording until the crimp tube and the jumpring are snug. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, compress the center section of the crimp tube. Turn the cording and crimp tube around then compress the center section from this direction as well, making sure it is secure.

Pull on the cording to assure the cord is secured to the jumpring. If there is any movement, retighten the arrangement and compress more firmly.
Once secure, string on your beads, a crimp tube and a jumpring. Pass the cording back through the crimp tube. Pull the cording tightly so the space between the crimp tube and the jumpring is minimal. Check the length of the design to make sure it is what you want. Compress the center section of the crimp tube. Test to make sure it is secure. Recompress the center section if necessary.
Using a pair of flat-nose pliers and chain-nose pliers, open a jumpring. Use the open jumpring to add your clasp. Close the jumpring.

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