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Description from Granny Nancy: Does anyone have this problem, you crimp too hard and the wire breaks so you have to start all over again. NEVER had a problem with cutting the wire when I've crimped. Maybe the wire is too fine?

I used a rhyolite-like bead. Its actually a greenish brownish and pink coin - so pretty. Two types pink topaz crystal, peacock brown pearls, green crystal rondelles, brass.


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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Great mix, no I never had that problem, but I usually use .019 beading wire :D

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Mine is .015

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Lovely mix of elements! No I haven’t had that problem either, Nancy. I also use .019.

  4. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    Nice pic! Sorry you’re frustrated. I can’t help, I don’t use crimps. I use knot covers.

  5. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I’ve ordered some heavier gauge wire. Hopefully that will solve the problem. Thanks all.

  6. Laud
    Laud says:

    Maybe you need new crimpers? I’ve crunched my share of seed beads, but the wires have held.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I use .019 as well and don’t have any problems.
    I save the smaller gauges for pearls and I do have trouble getting the crimp to hold on those but never have cut the wire.

    Hopefully you’ll have good luck with the heavier wire. Laud’s advice is good too….new crimpers maybe?
    Keep beading, Nancy!

  8. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Ditto to all of above!

  9. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I do have a 2nd pair of crimpers. I will find them when I get the heavier wire and redo the bracelet. Thanks again for all the advice.

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