Q & A: Why Do You Use 2 Crimp Beads?

How to close a crimp bead:

I’m surveying my readers (and if you haven’t taken the survey, you can click here – survey is now closed) and I’m asking what questions you have.

Since the survey is still ongoing, I haven’t really looked through the answers thoroughly yet, but I have taken a few sneak peeks here and there, and found this question:

Q:  Why do you use 2 crimp beads when stringing?

Totally valid question and I think that others might have the same question, so I’m answering it here!

For some context, when I teach stringing, I do suggest that you use 2 crimp beads.  Click here for a Stringing Jewelry Tutorial for Beginners.

Now, the question asker did mention she understood with heavy beads why this would be important, but in normal everyday, typical beads why is it necessary?

A:  I’m going to hold back my answer of “it’s how I learned” and give you a real answer.

You take a lot of time designing your jewelry.  You put a lot of effort into making your bracelets and necklaces.  Even if the crimp bead seems secure, sometimes it is not.  Sometimes you don’t realize you’ve only caught one of the wires in the crimp bead.  Sometimes the crimp bead isn’t closed correctly.  And sometimes you don’t even realize until you’re wearing the jewelry and it all comes falling to pieces around your feet.

Even if you are an experienced jewelry making who has been making jewelry for years, you can still make a mistake.  I like to just take the extra step for an extra crimp bead to be safe.

It’s not required necessarily and as with any of my teachings, you can modify it to meet your own needs.  So if you’re sure and feel comfortable with one crimp bead, by all means use one crimp bead.

If you want a little extra security, then use two.

Thanks for your question!


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