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Thanks Crystal Canary - Redo

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Redid my Amazonite and Agate necklace thanks to the help I received from Crystal Canary. Used 2 crimps, Beadalon .015 in and crimp covers. Seems sturdy now.


LB - Black Gold Amazonite Matte Tumbled oval, LB - Emerald Fire Agate Matte Round(10 mm), 11/0 seed beads matte black, 3 mm druks matte black, 2 seed beads green 15/0

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  1. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Oh, a redo. Good. You never want to take a chance on your beautiful piece breaking. It seems to drape just fine with the Beadalon cable. I don’t think it would have broken or stretched before, at least for quite a long time, but now you can be sure.

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Yes KR – I think it’s much stronger now. Seems like I’m always redoing something.

  3. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Peace of mind is always worth ‘a million bucks.’ Glad I could play a part in that. Did you get 2 crimps inside the cover or is the second under the bead cap? Sometimes I crimp alternating…bead, crimp, bead, crimp…then cover the two crimps with covers. They kinda look like spacer beads at the end of the strands. I also sometimes hide the secondary crimp inside a large hole spacer bead. Always looking for ideas–that’s what’s great about this site.

  4. kye
    kye says:

    I’m so glad you posted both versions of this necklace Beady. I’m new to crimping too and learned a lot. When I’ve tried the technique I don’t like the way the crimp covers look. I can never get them closed right so that they look good. I probably just need to practice more. Or buy different covers. Anyway the set is definately worth all the effort you’ve put in. It’s so beautiful.

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Yes, thanks so much Crystal. I did 2 crimps on the first end but I couldn’t crimp the bead under the bead cap on the other side. Luckily the crimped beads went into the hole of the bead caps. So it ended up nice and tight. I sometimes try to get 6/0 see beads over the crimps – sometimes it works- sometimes I break the crimp. Yeah – I’ve learned so much at LB.

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Kye, my favorite crimp covers are corrugated ones. When closed, the seam blends right in to the corrugation on the cover. When closing, go slow and keep ‘spinning’ the cover as you’re closing it with the pliers, thereby applying equal pressure on all sides.


  7. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    That’s so cool CC. I haven’t seen those before. I had a hard time with the covers also but used your technique of spinning and squishing pretty gently (for me). I need some of those covers.

  8. kye
    kye says:

    Thanks so much CC! You’re the best! I will definately look for that type of crimp and try the spinning technique.

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Three cheers for the redo and all of the excellent advice. I’ve been making jewelry for ages and I still have problems at times with crimps.

    CC where do you get the corrugated crimp covers? Also, I’ve seen special pliers for setting crimp covers advertised but never any info on how well they work. Has any one ever seen or used them?

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