Basic Jewelry Making Techniques by Linda Keesee

How to Use a Crimp Tube

When attaching wire to a clasp for your newly made necklace, the most common method is crimping, which is a small metal tube and a crimping tool. Below are 5 steps to walk you through the process.

1) Thread your wire through a crimp tube, then through the clasp you’ve chosen, and then back through the crimp tube again.

2) Using your crimp tool, place the crimp tube in the large hole at the front of your tool, then press slightly to form an oval shape in the crimp tube. This will help keep the wire separated.

3) Place the oval crimp tube in the back portion of the crimp tool, the hole with the indention, use your finger to keep the wire separated so you don’t compromise the strength of your connection, then compress firmly, flattening the tube, creating separate chambers for each wire.

4) Now place the crimp tube back into the front hole of the tool and…

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