How to Attach a Crimp Bead
Part of the Jewelry and Beading Designs For Dummies
Crimping is simply squeezing or flattening specially designed beads and tubes to secure jewelry elements (like clasps or beads). Usually, you use crimping to finish a jewelry piece in a clean, professional manner. A quick and easy way to finish jewelry is to use a pair of crimping pliers and the two-phase crimp method:
Position your strung crimp tube or bead in the lower jaw of the crimping pliers. Squeeze the jaws together to reveal a bent crimp that resembles the lefthand image.
Move the bent crimp up to the top jaw. Squeeze the jaws together to further flatten the crimp, leaving a professional look, like the one in the righthand image.