The following tutorial will show you how to use crimping pliers and finish your jewellery elegantly and professionally by using a wire guardian and crimp cover.
Materials & Tools
- Tiger Tail
- Crimp covers
- Wire guardians
- Crimping Pliers
Step 1: Take your tiger tail and thread one crimp bead and through one end of the wire guardian.
Step 2: Work the tiger tail around the through the other end of the tiger tail and back through the crimp bead.
Step 3: Your crimping pliers has a kidney shaped hole at the bottom which is called the criming hole and a round hole at the top called the rounder.
Step 4: Take your crimping pliers and secure the crimp bead in the first crimping station making sure the crimp bead is sitting firmly on the wire guardian.
Step 5: The crimp bead should now have a center dimple. Best results are obtained when the two wires are positioned on either side of the center dimple.
Step 6: Position your crimp in the rounding section of the crimping pliers. Apply pressure forming a smooth secure crimp
Step 7: The tiger tail should now be secure and the crimp bead folded flat.
Step 8: Take your chain nose or round nose pliers and hold the crimp over.
Step 9: Place your crimp cover bead over the closed crimp. Gently close the pliers until the crimp cover is closed.
Step 10: Now string your beads and repeat step 1-8 to close the strand