What is the difference between a crimp bead and a crimp tube?
Tubes may do a better job of gripping beading wire because they tend to have a larger interior surface area. Crimp tubes also allow you to use crimping pliers which make your crimps look less like tubes and more like beads that are part of your design. Crimp beads, however, are often more economical than tubes.
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.
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.