Are crimp bead covers necessary?

If you’ve ever used a crimp bead, you’ll know that they don’t always close shut in the neatest possible manner. So, by covering them, you don’t have to worry. The cover will also help to protect your crimp bead from wear and tear, hopefully making your jewellery last longer.

What are crimp bead covers used for?

You can use crimp covers to hide crimp beads when you’re making jewelry. They are designed to look just like a spacer bead and are great for adding a decorative touch to finish off your project.

What is a jewelry crimp cover?

Crimp covers are used to conceal the crimp tubes you use in treasured jewelry designs. They not only hide the tubes, but they also prevent your jewelry piece from snagging on clothing and create an overall professional look.

What is the difference between a crimp bead and a crimp tube?

Many jewelry designers prefer crimp tubes over crimp beads. The tubes tend to be stronger than crimp beads and less likely to crack and break. Tubes may do a better job of gripping beading wire because they tend to have a larger interior surface area.

What can I use instead of crimp beads?

An alternative to crimp beads and crimp tubes is a newer finding called Screw-Tite Crimps™. Screw-Tite Crimps not only secure your Accu-Flex® beading wire to your clasp, they also allow you to change your clasp for a different one, should you want a different look.

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What size crimp cover do I need?

For those designs where you want to disguise crimped crimp beads, choose crimp covers in the metal and size that suits your design – 3mm crimp covers work well at covering most 1x1mm-2x3mm crimps. However, if your design has 4mm metal beads in it then you may prefer to use 4mm crimp covers.

Are crimping pliers necessary?

Regular Crimping Pliers are a must have tool for compressing 2x2mm or 2x3mm crimps. … Regular Crimping Pliers allow for your design to be secure with a crimp bead that looks and feels smooth. Easy to follow instructions can be found in our Tips and Tricks section.

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 you remove a crimp cover?

Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, gently squeeze the crimp cover at the closure point and this should open it slightly. This may allow you to insert an awl to pry the crimp cover open. Do this a little at a time until it opens enough to remove it from the stringing material.