October 1, 2012

DIY Monday: Crimp Tubes

Filed under: Accessories,DIY,Jewelry,Style — by twistedchic @ 3:35 pm
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Crimp tubes, in case you are wondering, are a tiny jewelry finding used for the ends of chains.  I’ve never used them before, so this was a fun project for me! I decided to make a pair of earrings using a beautiful piece of leftover chain and some white fossil beads.

I’m not kidding, yo, these babies are tiny!

In order to use these you are going to need a pair of crimp pliers (pictured below, top left).

These are my awesome beading pliers and snippers

Crimp tubes are used to put an end piece onto chains, so you can attach the fastenings.  You simply insert the chain into the end of the tube, and crimp.  Not too tight!

Extreme beading closeup! So sexy!

You snip the chain to the desired length and attach crimp tubes to each end.  Then I simply put a headpin through the fossil beads and attached them to the chains.  Voila!

Love those beads!


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