What can I use instead of crimp tubes?
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.
What is the best size crimp bead to use?
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 .
Can you use crimp beads on thread?
Can crimp beads be used with thread? The metal edges of a crimp bead can cut or fray thread when crimping so it is not recommended to use crimps when designing with thread. Instead, use knots with bead tips or French wire for a professional finish to your designs.
What is the strongest beading wire?
Wire composition also dictates the strength of the wire; stainless steel and plated stainless steel are the strongest, while sterling silver is the least sturdy wire. Color is an important factor in choosing beading wire, especially when you are beading with translucent beads.
Are crimp 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.
How do I stop my beads from spinning?
To stop them rotating beads can also be mounted on very tight wires, or by making tight loops where the wires exit. You can also file a short groove in the hole with a bead reamer and flatten part of the wire with pliers to fit, or tighten a loop against it or, or a hundred and one things.