How to use a crimp cover
I really loved this video I found on Youtube where the instructor from the Megabeadstore shows us how to use a crimp cover to hide the crimp.

However, what was neat was where she placed the crimp bead - not immediately next to the clasp as most of us do. She sandwiched the crimp bead between groups of metal beads. By the time she added the crimp cover, you'd be hard pressed to find where the crimp was!

How to use wire guardians The design looks even cleaner with the use of wire guardians. These are wire protectors so your beading wire lasts longer. Karla from Aunties' Beads shows you how to use them in this video.

It's a little tricky watching how she attaches a clasp. The way I do it is to feed the wire through the crimp, the first side of the wire guardian, through the clasp, back down the other side of the guardian and lastly the crimp again.

Lately I have been just flattening the crimp using my chain nose pliers and not the crimping pliers as I think it looks quite balanced with the wire guardian. But it's just a matter of personal preference how you do it.

How to crimp using 3 different kinds of pliers If you're wondering about the Magical Crimp Forming tool Karla uses in the above video, then watch the next video. She shows you how to crimp with three different types of tools including the Magical Crimp Forming tool. If you are using the specialised crimping tools, not only should you do some extra squeezes in different positions, test the hold! I speak from experience!!

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