Make your own beaded jewellery with elastic or nylon stretch cord. The ends of beaded, stretch cord bracelets and necklaces are finished by either tying the ends together in a knot that is glued to prevent it from unravelling or they are held together with a crimp bead. Cylindrical crimp beads, or tube crimp beads, are used to crimp elastic or nylon jewellery stretch cord. Crimp your beaded, stretch cord bracelet shut for a quick way to secure your jewellery without having to deal with gluing the knotted ends together to secure them.
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Things you need
- Cylindrical crimp bead
- Crimping pliers
String your beads onto the stretch cord. Insert the left end of the jewellery stretch cord through the left end of the cylindrical crimp bead. Pull the cord through.
Insert the right end of the jewellery stretch cord through the right end of the cylindrical crimp bead. Pull the cord through.
Pick up both ends and, at the same time, pull them taut to make the beads on the stretch cord slide close together and meet the sides of the crimp bead.
Set the jaws of the crimping pliers around the cylindrical crimp bead and apply firm, even pressure to crimp the bead shut. Trim the excess cord off with scissors and if it will fit, slide the crimp bead into a bead to hide it. If it won't, it's OK to just let it sit where it is on the bracelet as it won't come undone.
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