Double Crimping Tutorial

Double Crimping Tutorial

Next up on our “back-to-the-basics” tutorial series is double crimping. Last month we covered flat crimping and now we’re going to step it up a notch. Flat crimping and double crimping are equally secure when done properly – the difference is really just the aesthetics. Double crimping essentially folds the crimp in half and makes a smaller finished crimp.

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You will need:

Medium Soft Flex Beading Wire

2x2mm Crimps (2)

Clasp of Choice

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1. Thread one 2×2 mm crimp onto your Soft Flex.  Next, thread your Soft Flex through the opening of your clasp.

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2. Thread the Soft Flex back through the crimp, making a loop that captures the clasp.  Keep the wires parallel to each other inside the crimp.  There must be enough slack in the loop that the clasp can move freely.

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3. When you look at your crimping tool, you should see two sets of divots.  The first set is shaped like a football, and the second is shaped like a curve.  Place your crimp in the second set of divots (the curved ones).

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4. Press the tool shut firmly, crimping your crimp into the shape of a curve.

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5. Turn your crimp 90 degrees (1/4 turn) so that your smiley crimp looks like a moon shaped crimp.  Place your crimp (in moon position) into the first set of divots (the football).

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6. Press the tool shut firmly, and the moon should fold in on itself.  It should look like a 1×2 mm rectangle when done properly.

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Which crimp do you like better? Keep in mind that you can always use a crimp cover to hide your crimps if you don’t love the way either one looks. Continue practicing your crimping – next month we’ll put it to use to make a stylish bracelet.

Happy Beading!!

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