Crimping As a Starting Point for New Beaders

Crimping is a starting point for new beaders. Crimping is a technique beaders use to finish the ends of a necklace or bracelet for wearing.

What are the materials used for the most common beginning beader’s crimping method? Simply wire and crimp beads is all you need. Just remove beads from the temporary string and string them onto the beading wire. This method requires you to string a crimp tube bead onto the end of the beading wire, then use split ring pliers to attach a lobster claw clasp onto a split ring. It is just as simple as that, and a very common beginner beader’s technique, easy. Now string that split ring or jump ring as it is called by some onto the end of the beading wire. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp bead and a few more of the beads. Crimp the crimp bead using crimping pliers.

Stringing beads at a beginning level to make a necklace is actually a very easy project to complete. For this project you can use the same size beads or as many as  three different sizes of beads. If you use the same size of beads you will need to buy only one 16″ strand of beads. Of course if you decide to use three different sizes, you will need to buy 3 different strands of beads. Just makes a first project a little more simple to use one size beads. The decision is yours to make.

Here are the supplies you will need to complete this jewelry making project:

one strand of beads 15 or 16 inches, 10mm beads is a nice size to start out working with

2 crimp tube beads

2 split rings

1 lobster claw clasp

24″, 61 cm flexible beading wire which is sold by the spool

crimping pliers

wire cutters

You can use a beading board or mat or piece of fleece to lay your beads on after you cut them from the temporary string. I use a piece of fleece. The goal is to keep the beads from rolling away from you. They are so easy to roll away and so hard to find once they hit the floor. Start by laying your bead in an eye pleasing design, just whatever please your eyes is the goal here. If you are using a beading board center the design at the center or zero point on the beading board.

If you were wondering what those numbers are on the bead board, they are guides for length and bead placement. For this project the beads should end at the number 9 mark and this necklace will end u p being 18 inches long without the clasp. Of course, you make your necklace whatever length you desire. This is just a guideline.

It is always best to try several different bead arrangements before deciding which one to go with for your necklace design. String the beads one by one onto the beading wire. It might be a good idea to string 6 mm beads onto the wire first and last just to form the back of the necklace. String the beads onto the wire until you have strung all of them, stop and check your design at this point. Do you have the beads in the design you want? Now is the time to make any necessary adjustments. Guess what? You are not learning how to string beads, so easy. Right?

The next thing you need to do here is prepare the clasp using a split ring and a lobster claw. Open a jump ring or split ring with ring pliers and slide it onto the lobster claw clasp. Attach one half of clasp. At one end of the strand of beads, string a crimp bead and half of the clasp, which is the split ring and lobster claw, onto the beading wire. Draw beads against the clasp, now thread the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead and a few sponge coral beads. This will make a loop to hold the split ring and lobster claw. Pull the wire to draw the beads next to the clasp, but do not crimp the clasp. Attach second half of clasp. Repeat this process on the second end of the necklace; the second split ring or jump ring is the second half of the clasp. Check the fit before you crimp or secure the crimp beads to see how it fits around the neck.

You can do this by picking up your necklace by both ends and while facing the mirror clasp the necklace around your neck to see how it fits.

The crimping technique is done by crimping each crimp bead using crimping pliers to secure the clasp onto the end of the necklace. This is accomplished by:

crimping each crimp bead using crimping pliers

trimming the excess wire

add a crimp cover over the crimped crimp bead if you want

crimp the clasp

Use your crimping pliers and place the crimp tube of one necklace end into the notch closest to the plier’s handle. Be sure the wires are separated, one wire on each side of the notch. Close the pliers shut. Place the crimp tube into the notch closest to the plier’s tip. Close the pliers shut. Fold the crimp tube bead in half onto itself, and trim off the excess wire. Add a crimp cover if you want to have a “finished” look to beaded jewelry. You don’t have to use crimp covers if you do not want to.

Press the folded crimp bead into the crimp cover. Close the crimp cover. Using the crimping pliers, place the covered crimp bead in the notch closest to the crimping plier’s tip and squeeze the pliers shut to close the crimp cover.

Be sure your necklace has a natural drape. To test this out, arrange the beads in a semi circle before you secure the second half of the clasp. If you complete this step, it helps to ensure the necklace is finished and that the beads are too tight draping naturally instead. Secure second half of clasp.  Repeat the above processes on the other end of the necklace.

Final notes:

You can also make beaded necklaces using thread instead of the beading wire. Tiger tail and other flexible beading wire is suitable for many types of beading projects. It comes in a variety of differnt metals and thicknesses. Using a lobster claw clasp provides the most secure type of clasp for beading projects. You can use any kind of beads you want of course. Beads come in an amazing variety of colors, shapes, sizes and materials. Necklace kits are also available that come with everything you need to complete your project.

Beading is a fun hobby and one that is extremely popular. There is just much you can create with all the different kinds of beads available as well as all the jewelry findings. It can keep you occupied for hours upon top of hours.

Written by: Connie Limon, Owner of Carmilita’s Handmade Jewelry

Meet Holly


Holly is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection dangle earrings. She dangles close to 1 1/2 inch from the hook. Holly is a pair of dangle earrings suitable for gift giving as well as for wearing to any kind of Holiday celebration.

Materials used:

2 silver plated French earring hooks

4 tiny silver plated cut out of filigree beads 3 mm

3 red glass crackle beads

Holly’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)

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Author: connielimon2014

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

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