Crimp Bead Closing Tips

When do you need to use a crimp bead?

Anytime you string a beaded piece such as a bracelet or necklace using beading wire you will to use crimp beads to finish the end. You create a loop for the attaching the clasp with a crimp bead.

There are tube shaped and round shaped crimp beads available in different finishes such as sterling or gold-filled, however, round crimp beads are usually metal. Some beaders feel like it is easier to work with the tube shapes while others have no preference either way.

You will need a pair of crimping pliers to close the crimp bead. Slip the crimp bead onto the end of beading wire. Loop the end of the wire back through the crimp bead and leave a small amount of wire for the tail. In the second oval of the pliers position the crimp bead and thread and the close pliers around the bead noticing how it curls. Turn crimp bead on its side and position it in the first oval, close the pliers around the bead again squeezing the curled bead into a round shape. Trim excess beading wire with wire cutters.

Written by: Connie Limon for Carmilita’s Handmade Jewelry

Meet: Bell




Bell is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection Dangle Earrings. She hangs 1 1/2 inch from the hook.


Materials used:

2 gold plated eye pins

2 gold plated head pins

3 Swarovski glass red bicone beads 3mm

2 gold plated French earring hooks

2 red glass crackle beads 6 mm

2 12mm Tibetan Silver Antique Golden Round Ball Hollow Beads


Bell’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)

Click Here to purchase Bell and receive a free gift from this website purchase.

Author: connielimon2014

Bead Jewelry Artisan, mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandsons, daughter of Korean War Veteran.

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