How to Use a Crimping Tool to Finish Beaded Jewelry

How to Use a Crimping Tool to Finish Beaded Jewelry

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Hey everyone! This is Jessica from
and BespangledBeads. Today I’m going to show you how to use a crimping
tool to finish your beaded jewelry. First, I’m going to show you why you would
want to use a crimping tool. This is a traditional method for crimping
a crimp tube, using chain nosed pliers and just squeezing the crimp tube flat. And that works well, but one thing I don’t
like about it is that it leaves sharp edges. These corners can scratch you on your neck
or on your arm and it can be really uncomfortable. Using this crimping tool can help you get
a nicer finished look so we can make a nice round crimped crimp on the end and cover that with a crimp cover, which will
also make it a lot more comfortable. Starting with a beaded strand, pass the stringing material through the loop,
or chain, or clasp or whatever it is you want to attach it to and then pass it back through the crimp tube
that you strung on the end of the strand. Now pull the short end tight – we want it
pretty tight up against the ring. I usually use my chain nosed pliers to get
a better grip and pull it pretty tight. Now using the crimping tool – the back part
of the jaws where you see that little bump – place it around the crimp tube and squeeze
it one time. You should end up with something that looks
like this, with a little crease in one side. Now using the front part of the jaws this
time, take the crease you made on the crimp tube and face it toward the back of the plier
jaws so it’s facing the hand that’s holding the
pliers. And you’re going to squeeze and fold that
crimp in half. And then turn it and squeeze again, and turn
it and squeeze again. Now you should have a nicely rounded crimp
tube. Simply trim off the excess stringing material
using your flush cutters, slide down the beads, and we’re going to repeat the process on the
other end. You want to make sure your beads are tight
so there won’t be any spaces between them but it should still be able to move. Slide on a crimp tube – I’m using 2 millimeter by 2 millimeter crimp
tubes. There are lots of different sizes, and it’s important to note that different
sized crimp tubes will use a different size crimping tool. I’ll have more information about that in the
notes so please be sure, before you buy a tool if
you don’t have one already that you’re getting the right one or you get the right crimp tubes for the tool
that you have. So this time since we’ve already strung the
other end I’m holding this a bit differently. I’m holding the crimp tube against the beads
because I don’t want that to move and I’m pulling the end tight. I’m going to check my tension again, here. It’s a little bit tight, so I’m just going
to loosen it up before I crimp it If it’s too tight – if there’s too much tension
– your strand can break. Again, using the back part of the crimp tool I’m going to make that little crease by squeezing
it one time. Face that crease toward the back of the plier
jaws or toward the hand that’s holding the pliers and using the end part of the tool this time squeeze to fold that crimp over and then release and turn and squeeze, release
and turn and keep doing that all the way around until you have a nicely rounded crimp tube. So now we’ve got a finished strand and this is actually going to be part of a
multistrand necklace so that’s why it looks a little funny that there’s
only one strand on this big ring This is a crimp cover – these are 3 millimeter crimp covers and you just slide it over the crimp tube
and using the crimping tool again for this just gently squeeze it around the crimp And this leaves us with a really nicely finished
end on the strand. Which I think looks a whole lot better than
just a flat squished crimp tube. Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you found this tutorial helpful and I hope that you’ll check out my website
at and that you’ll subscribe to my channel so
you don’t miss any new videos! See ya next time!


  1. Wow! I've been watching a lot of jewelry-making videos this week and you are one of the good ones. Some people don't do a good job. You are an excellent teacher. You explain every move that you make. I subscribed earlier this week. Please don't stop with your tutorials

  2. Thanks @elliemae4525! That is very sweet of you. I don't plan to stop – in fact I'm gearing up to launch a few online jewelry making courses next year so this is great practice! I appreciate the kind words 🙂

  3. This was a very helpful video. I'd seen different videos where they use crimp tubes, but never really explain how to do it in detail or how to use the crimp tools up close. Your video helped clear this up for me. Thank you for making this! ^_^

  4. Perfect! I've been trying to figure this out for awhile now. Other tutorials didn't show up close enough and didn't explain well enough. Thank you!

  5. I appreciate this video even though it's an old video, as I watched how you explained the way to use this crimper tool I've had for two years, I just had a A-HA moment….Thank you!!!

  6. This has been the most and only helpful video in learning about pilers n crimps. Other video makers should take lesson from you on how to shoot the tutorial in right frame and from right angle. Seriously soo annoyed watching the other tutorials which are all out of focus and frame too.

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