Choose a jewelry wire that is appropriate for the materials that you are working with. The drill holes in the pearls we are using are small so for this piece we will use a finer jewelry wire. To give a more professional look to your jewelry, check out our How to Use a Crimp Cover tutorial.
If you are not confident in the strength of your crimp, you may consider doing two crimps side by side. If you plan on using a crimp cover to conceal your crimp, make sure to leave some space between the crimp and the clasp. Otherwise, when closing the crimp cover, you may end up crimping your clasp as well.
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. Finally, for round crimp tubes and twisted crimp tubes, we recommend Bent Chain Nose Pliers.
The crimping pliers have two notches or stations. The first station, which is farthest from the tip of the pliers, has a dimple in the middle and is used to squeeze the crimp into a figure 8 shape. The second station, which is closest to the tip of the pliers, is used to fold the crimp and form it into a nice tube shape.
Nice choice! All or most of the products needed for this project are shown below with quantities. Sometimes we sell out of components and aren’t able to order more from the manufacturer (we know, it is very disappointing to us, too). Use the opportunity to mix up the design and make it yours by substituting similar products or altering the entire color scheme—it’s up to you!