Flat Crimping Tutorial
One of the classic techniques every beader should know is how to crimp! Crimping allows you to string your jewelry designs onto durable flexible stainless steel wire and then connect it to a clasp. Knowing how to crimp properly will make or break your jewelry. Follow along with our simple flat crimping tutorial to make sure your jewelry designs are secure!
You will need:
Medium Soft Flex Beading Wire
2x2mm Crimps (2)
Clasp of Choice
1. Thread one 2×2 mm crimp onto your Soft Flex. Next, thread your Soft Flex through the opening of your clasp.
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.
3. Using your needle nose pliers, smash the crimp tightly.
4. It should look like a 2×2 mm square when crimped. Add your beads onto the wire and repeat steps 1-4 to crimp the other side to the other half of your clasp.
Check in next month for our double crimping tutorial – another crimping technique that gives you a smaller, more polished looking crimp.