Monday, November 3, 2014

Om Tara Crimping Pliers Review and Giveaway

By on Monday, November 03, 2014 113 Comments

Crimping pliers are useful tools - indeed, I listed them as one of the 6 most useful tools for jewelry making for those just starting out.  Note it's not wrong to make flat crimps - I actually like the look of flat crimps next to wire guardians.  But rounding the crimps do look less conspicuous and neater if you are not using crimp covers.


There is an alternative to regular pliers which can be a little tricky to use properly. Laura Gasparrini of Om Tara invented a new type of crimping pliers.  This innovative designer who also teaches realized this classic tool could be made better.  I wrote about how she was inspired to invent this tool my past post.  These crimping pliers are now made in association with Euro Tools (I have their excellent Power punch).

Watch Laura's video on the Om Tara crimping pliers in action. Seems pretty easy, eh?



Laura sent me a pair to review.  So I compared them with my regular crimping pliers by putting both through their paces.  Generally, the beading wire goes through the crimp, then the clasp and then back through the crimp again as shown in the photo below. I omitted the clasp for this experiment for clearer photographs.


There are just 4 basic steps to using crimping pliers :
  1. Position on the crimping channel
  2. Crimp 
  3. Position on the part for folding over
  4. Fold

1. Just looking at both pliers side by side shows the Om Tara crimping pliers are much simpler to use. The regular pliers are confusing as there are 2 channels, one of which (the back one nearest the handles) has a dimple. The Om Tara crimping pliers only has one channel with a large dimple.   These are closeup pictures.  In reality, it is harder to spot the right channel on the regular pliers.



It is also hard to make sure the small little dimple (arrow) is sitting just so on the crimp when it is placed in the back channel.



It was so much easier to place the crimp deeper channel of the Om Tara crimping pliers!


2. I made no effort to separate the wires with either pliers.  As you can from the photo below, the left beading wire is not located properly to the left side when I crimped down with the regular pliers.

Whereas, with the larger dimple of the Om Tara pliers, the wires were automatically pushed to the sides.  This is a good thing as how well the crimp holds depends on how well the compressed middle of the crimp "locks" down - a worthwhile difference to mention. The user needs to make an effort to make sure the wires are to the sides before crimping with regular pliers to ensure better holds.

3.  It is a subtle difference but it takes a fraction longer to make sure the crimp bead sits correctly in the front channel of the regular pliers.  The photo below again shows one wire is not sitting correctly.

With the Om Tara pliers, anywhere along the front of the pliers is good for the folding part.


4.  The final result : Both crimps held the wires but neither crimp was 100% perfect (neither am I!).  But the Om Tara pliers did a better and more efficient job from start to finish. Not having to remember to move wires to the side is a boon!


If you do a lot of crimping, then this tool is for you.  If you already have the regular kind of crimping pliers, they won't go to waste.  Use them to tuck in wire ends when doing wire wrapping - something the Om Tara pliers cannot do!

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a pair of Om Tara Crimping pliers to create your own awesome designs,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.


Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. 

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  November 10 , 2014. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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113 comments:

  1. Penny Hammack, penny.hammack@gmail.comNovember 3, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    These look awesome, I'd like to give them a try.

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  2. Oh Oh Oh. Would love to have these. This past summer I made over 200 necklaces for a craft fair and some of them came apart in the customer's hands! Would absolutely love to win this!!! grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  3. Thanks for the review. Some tools are really not worth the cost, so it is nice to have information we can trust.

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  4. Looks like the Euro Pliers would make life much mnore simple. Love to win them.
    treasa.brookman@gmail.com

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  5. Wow, what an amazing difference! I need to get my hands on them. Thank you!!

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  6. I would like to have a pair of these crimping pliers to make my life easier! Louise

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  7. I tnink this would solve my problem! I have not been able to make a secure attachment.

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  8. This is a tool I really need to help make better crimes. Alpert.amy@gmail.com

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  9. These look excellent and so simple to use. I have lots of trouble with conventional crimping pliers.

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  10. I love these crimping pliers, I have actually stopped making items that I have to crimp due to the wires getting crossed and having to waste crimps to try and get it right. I have so much that I could use in making necklaces and it is a shame that I won't because of a little crimp. Thanks for designing a crimping tool for a clutz likke me!!! popspet@comcast.net

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  11. These make it look like I could make consistent crimps.
    jomlakar@hotmail.com

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  12. It looks more handy. Wish I could get one. I am blog subscriber.

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  13. Awesome tools. I'd love to win :) Greetings!

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  14. Looks like a useful tool. Would love it.

    via email

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  15. Thanks for the photos ans the givewaway , this looks very useful indeed !

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  16. Thank you for the review. I'd love to give them the a try too!

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  17. Thank you Laura for coming up with a solution to a nagging problem for everyone who strings jewelry!

    I am in awe of people who do this Pearl! Who think the problem through and come up with a resolution and this certainly is a great one!

    I love your close up photos as well! What a great job you did of these!

    Throw my name into the pot Pearl - you just never know!!

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  18. What a timely review! I was just researching these crimpers because I saw an ad in Beadwork magazine. I would love to win a pair!

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  19. I would like to try them !
    I am a blog subscriber.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  20. So often I think I have my wires straight when crimping only to find that it isn't after the crimp is made. It's so frustrating to redo a crimp. I NEED this new tool!
    mommamyres@hotmail.com

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  21. I would love giving those a try!! Thanks for the offer.
    Carol
    designingit.etsy.com

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  22. It looks like I will be purchasing yet another "must have" tool! Thanks for the great review!

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  23. Thank you for such a great and thorough review. I have been looking at several new pliers and think these may do the trick after reading through. Thanks again!

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  24. These crimp pliers really do look interesting. If I don't win, I'll probably buy a pair anyways. Sign me up. janeihart66@aol.com

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  25. That tool would save my eyes. I'd love to give it a try!

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  26. I have struggled so with crimps I usually avoid making necklaces that require crimp, which really can limit most styles. Thank you for the opportunity to see the om Tara pliers and to possibly win a pair. Love your blog!

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  27. Your experiment convinced me that I would LOVE to own this new tool! I, too, have experienced embarrassing crimp failures! Thanks, Pearl...

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  28. This looks great! I do jewelry usually seven days a week, and that would really save me some time. I HOPE I WIN!!!

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  29. Finally crimps that make sense. Can't comment till I've tried them so winning a pair would be a bonus. Thanks

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  30. I have had a long standing war with crimps and have thought about picking up this tool to resolve some issues. Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway.

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  31. These pliers seem like a dream come true. Would love to try them. Thanks for the review and giveaway Pearl. gilldusty2@btinternet.com

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  32. Please consider me for the Om Tara Crimping Pliers Giveaway. I'd be happy to review & share my comments. I don't always use crimp covers so a beautifully folded crimp is very crucial. Thank you, Julie

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  33. I shared on FB,

    https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/10205010712937021?pnref=story

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  34. Would love to give these a try! Thanks for the opportunity! Lana arcski@yahoo.com

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  35. I shared on twitter.

    https://twitter.com/Shaiha_/status/529337293367431168

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  36. I shared on Pinterest

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40039884162726785/

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  37. These look great. I cannot make consistently good crimps with the pliers I have now. Would love to find something that's easier. It's that last step of folding with the front part that gets me every time.

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  38. I follow you on FB as Shaiha Williams

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  39. I follow you on PI as Shaiha Designs.

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  40. What a GREAT new pliers from Euro Pliers!! Great help in lessening to 1 step or 2 step if needed!!

    Hope to win one!!

    Patti - ems27@sympatico.ca

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  41. Hi thanks for showing the "how to"
    Doinwire @gmail dot com
    sue : )

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  42. I would love to try these, they look like they'd be much easier to use than the traditional crimping pliers.

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  43. OOh I've got three pairs of crimping pliers for all the different sizes of crimp be so much better not to be carrying so many around with me when I take my beading out when the weather's nice

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  44. I'd just love to have a pair of these new crimping plyers. The result is so much neater than the traditional crimpers.
    Nancyrose & Ro's Designs
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/nancyrosenro

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  45. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netNovember 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I would love to win these great pliers! I am a blog subscriber.

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  46. Would love to try those, I have the other pairs shown in your blog but these new ones look easier to use.

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  47. Would love to try those. I have the other crimping pliers and they don't always work. Really like the review you made of those.

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  48. Wow! These look great and I'd love to own a pair. I'm also a blog subscriber!

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  49. The Om Tara pliers certainly seem to make the job easier with better results!

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  50. This is a tool I definitely need! I would love to win a pair of my own.

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  51. I always thought the crimping tool was an imperfect tool but never thought I would see an improvement. I am so glad it is here! And, yes, of course I would love to win them!

    I love your blog and follow it! Thanks for a great blog!

    Kathy K

    kathy (at) kurke (dot) net

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  52. I have heard of them but never seen a demo - thank you for that.

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  53. OMG! I *so*need these pliers! My crimping occasionally fails (luckily, not too often, but once is more than enough) & these would minimize failures. Thanks Laura & Pearl for this giveaway.

    I'm a blog subscriber & follow you on FB.

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  54. I would love too try these pliers !
    And if I didn't follow this blog , I wouldn't even have known that these pliers excist ! ;)

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  55. priscilla luchettiNovember 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I LOVE these crimping pliers! I've had to restart a project on many occasions because of unsecured crimps, broken or sloppy crimps, etc. which can be very frustrating, especially after having strung many beads and cut to the right length only to start all over! I would love to win these pliers and they certainly would allow for much less time consuming projects! cilliwon@aol.com

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  56. Always frustrated when is time to crimp! Happy to see that someone care about it and make a new tool. Would love to have it.

    thank you I'm a suscriber

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  57. I would love to win these crimp pliers .

    Muttilouthomas@gmail.com

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  58. What a cool tool! It would be a great addition to my tool set.

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  59. Wow... I would love these! They seem much easier and likely quicker to use than the traditional. So glad I follow this blog.... finding so much info and great products.


    jrncrystal@yahoo.com

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  60. Wow, that review was very comprehensive and I love the photos with each step. I would love to give them a try too.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  61. I forgot to tell you that I am a big fan and subscriber of your very amazing and helpful blog. Keep them all coming.

    mahanlori@plateautel.net

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  62. I would love to try this ! Thanks for this great review.
    Blog suscriber ! :)

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  63. These look great. I'd love to win these since I have problems with the pair I have now.

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  64. I would love to try this crimper. I have had trouble with the crimp being too loose, and the wire came back out. Thanks for the great instructions.
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  65. I am a blog follower
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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  66. Pretty awesome pliers. Thank you for the chance to win them! beadsbyandra@gmail.com

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  67. Thanks for sharing. I also realized I have been crimping incorrectly...

    - MB

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  68. I have been searching for the right crimping tool. I make rosaries and take them to our local hospital every Sunday. It is a labor of love but i don't have a crimping tool yet. I can't wait for the giveaway. Based upon your blog, I'm making the purchase. Thanks! !!

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  69. I could always use good tools.

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  71. Inoreader (RSS Feed) subscribe.

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  72. Pretty cool pliers! Neat idea and a great giveaway.
    alikat2004 on Ravelry.com

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  73. Very cool tool! Thank you for the demo and review. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

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  74. Hi Pearl and thanks for the review on the these new pliers. I love learning about new products. Hope to win a pair also.

    Blessings,Doris

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  75. Thanks for the review.This is a tool I really need to help make better crimes I would love to have a pair of these crimping pliers to make my life easier!

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  76. I would love to win this set of crimpers1 I am impressed. I am a blog follower and posted your giveaway on Pinterest:

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907192431335/

    Thanks!
    zanc@att.net

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  77. jazlott@sbcglobal.netNovember 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    This tool would make crimping so much easier. Would love to give it a try.

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  78. I would love to try the new Om Tara Crimp Pliers. The finished product looks more professional. OUT with the old, IN with the new. Annetterhdesigns@gmail.com

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  79. Always have trouble with my crimps...would love these! Thanks for the chance.

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  80. This review gets my creative juices going! Thanks for all the info.

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  81. A good crimp is essential to making jewelry! Would love to try this one!

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  82. Would love to have these. They look so awesome. My husband just finished a work room for me. Can't wait to have my own space. skarupabarbara7@gmail.com

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  83. These look like a must! I follow your blog, and am a facebook fan, and I am sharing your post on facebook.
    sivads@twc.com

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  84. Wow, these look really easy to use. I would luv to win a pair. gjrcreative@hotmail.com

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  85. There's nothing like finding a great tool that makes creating something wonderful even easier. You can certainly see the difference this Om Tara crimper makes.

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  86. These look like a perfect soultion to a problem I frequently have. Those pesky wires like to hang out together instead of separate! These pliers would make them separarate EVERY time!
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  87. I follow on twitter. Yvonne5987
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  88. I like you on facebook. Jennifer Pellicone
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  89. I follow on twitter. Yvonne5987
    cspmom at gmail dot com
    (I'm sorry I dodn't use Name/URL on previous 'twitter' entry. Please delete! Thanks)

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  90. I follow on pinterest. cspmom
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  91. I follow on google+ Jennifer Pellicone
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  92. This would be so awesome to win! So useful <3

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  93. These look great, would really love to win the giveaway! Jessica Alvarez Bell runswithscissors.ws@gmail.com

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  94. Thank you Pearl for sharing it with us. This new tool seems really useful. Need one...

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  95. I love the sound of these crimpers and have been trying to find them in the UK without success would make my year if I won them.
    crisnlyd@msn.com (Chris Andrew)

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  96. i've got a pair of standard crimpers, but have often had my crimps come apart, until i started to double crimp them as a result! but this makes it a lot harder to get crimp covers to fit over them! would really love to try these out!
    my email is retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  97. You can never have too many tools! This tool would be a nice addition to my workbench! hess.daphne@yahoo.com

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  98. geller917@gmail.com, would luv some additional crimping tool to be sure my pieces are very secure. your information you share is extremely helpful. Hope I will the OM Tara Crimping Pliers

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  99. Would luv to try this wonderful new tool, OM Tara Crimping. Could always use the help in securing my work.
    Your information that u share is always so helpful.

    thanks
    geller917@gmail.com

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  100. Nice looking crimps to add to the finishing solution. Tornado crimps and tube crimp making a sphere are also ways to make a secure fastening.

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  101. I always have trouble to crimp in tight spaces between beads, I wonder if this one does a better job at it.
    So I would love to try and test this.

    I'm a newsletter subscriber and follow you blog

    violetmoon.nl@gmial.com

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  102. These look like they would solve a big issue for me...regular crimp pliers are tricky! I love the simplicity of these.

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  103. This is such a cool tool! I need this. Truly! Terri

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  104. Anything that makes life easier is good! Roz_Who@yahoo.com

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  105. Looks like a very useful crimping tool. I would love to use it.


    pearlypink@ymail.com

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  106. I shared your review and giveaway on facebook too.

    https://www.facebook.com/mural.mist/posts/1499537283654202

    Email:pearlypink@ymail.com

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