Question: Why do my crimp beads keep breaking?

Are crimp beads strong?

The type of crimp beads initially used had a serrated hole that grabbed onto the wire when squeezed with chain-nose pliers. The wire primarily used, Tigertail™, was strong and durable, but pretty stiff and prone to kinking.

How do you keep beads in place?

Just wrap a piece of tape to the point on your thread where you’d like to start your beadwork. No beads will slip off while you begin, and you can slide the tape off the end of the thread when you’re sure everything’s in place. These little coiled gizmos are great for holding beads in place on stringing wire.

How do I know what crimp to use?

Note: It is important that you use the right size tool for your crimp tubes. For 1mm crimp tubes, we recommend the Micro Crimper. For 2mm crimp tubes, we recommend the Bead Crimper Tool. For 3mm and 4mm crimp tubes, we recommend using either the Mighty Crimper or Bent Chain Nose Pliers.

How do I choose a crimp bead?

You want your crimp to succeed so choose the right size but also the thickest metal possible. Generally speaking, a 1mm OD crimp tube of any length is great for use with finer strands of beading wire (. 007 to . 014), 2mm OD crimps are ideal for .

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