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How to Crimp with Crimping Pliers

If you are using nylon coated wire like Softflex or Beadalon, crimp beads are a necessity for cleanly securing the wire. Crimping pliers make closing crimp beads easy by crimping them cleanly for a professional look.

Anatomy of Crimping Pliers:

When closed, crimping pliers have two holes: a lip shaped hole and an eye shaped hole.

The lip shaped hole is used first when crimping, and is known as the crimper. The eye shaped hole is used second, and is known as the rounder. When crimping a bead, you use the crimper (lip shaped hole) to flatten the crimp bead, then use the rounder to fold the crimp bead over and secure the wires inside.


Crimping pliers are not required for closing crimp beads. You can also close crimp beads with pliers.

Crimping Problems and Their Solutions  

Tools Needed

To close a crimp bead using this technique, you will need:

    Crimping Pliers

You will also need the following supplies:

    Crimping beads
    Nylon coated stringing wire
    Clasp or closed ring

If you do not have crimping pliers, you may purchase one or see our instructions for closing crimp beads with flat or chain nose pliers.


1. Begin by threading your crimp bead and clasp or jump ring.

Loop the wire back through the crimp bead.

Tighten the loop as desired (typically so that the clasp or jump ring can still move freely).

2. Place the crimp bead into the crimper hole (the lips shaped hole) and align it so that the bead is centered. Then, align the ends of the wire so that they are uncrossed inside the crimp bead.
  When you crimp, the bead is folded into two tubes. You want each wire to sit inside its own tube. Therefore, be sure the wires do not cross inside the crimp bead.
3. When the wires are lined up straight, close the pliers to crimp the bead. When you do this, crimp like you mean it in one swift, confident stroke. This will ensure the crimp is tight.
4. Remove the crimp from the pliers, rotate it 90° and place the bead in the rounder hole. Once again, center the crimp bead in the pliers and, with one swift, confident stroke, round the crimp bead.
5. Remove the crimp bead from the pliers. You now have a nice, crisp crimped bead.
Finishing Off the Wire
  After crimping, there are two ways to finish off the extra wire.

If the holes in the beads are big enough, you can thread the extra wire back through the beads. If the bead holes are not big enough, you can trim the wire close to the crimp bead.

Both ways look clean, which you choose is a matter of personal preference.

  Trimming close

Using side cutters, trim the wire close to the crimp bead. If needed, push the first bead over the wire nub.

  Threading back

Trim the end of the extra wire to about 1 cm (1/2"). Thread the end back through the strung beads. If necessary, trim any extra wire after a few beads have been threaded.


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