The crimp is an important technique that comes in handy when making connections to finish the ends of necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories. Our example uses Softflex Wire , 2mm Sterling Silver Crimping Bead , and a 5mm Soldered Ring . You will also need a pair of chain nose pliers- these are crucial for performing the crimp, and it will be significantly more difficult if you try to use round nose pliers.
Performing The Crimp
Slide the crimping bead and the sterling silver ring onto the Soft Flex wire. Then pull the end of the wire back around the sterling silver ring, and tuck it through the sterling silver crimping bead. Once you crimp the sterling silver bead it will be too late, so use this opportunity to really tighten the connection and pull the silver ring until it’s as close as possible to the bead. Now use the broader section of the chain nose pliers’ teeth to basically crush the sterling silver crimping bead around the Softflex wire. Finished!