When creating seed beaded loops, I was recently asked, how do you cover the crimps? There are a few options! I'm home because of a flooded basement issue today so I made good use of my morning and some shots while crafting a new necklace and earrings that feature seed beaded loops. Here are some photos.
Step 1: String your seed beads and crimp bead.
Thread the wire through the brass square, and pass the wire back through the crimp.
Crimp tightly with crimping pliers
You can easily cover the crimp with un-opened jump rings.
You can cover the crimp with a bead- has to have a large enough hole to fit over the crimp.
You can use a crimp cover which come in any metal color you like.
Here's a shot of one section.
Here's where it gets tricky.
Yes, there was swearing.
When finishing the other end, I repeated the first step, but it can be
tricky to get everything pulled tight enough so that there is room to
crimp without pinching and breaking seed beads...
My ending crimp was not as tight as I wanted and so to
snug everything tight, I added 1 crimp cover on one side of
each beaded section - why only one side? That was all it took to
smoosh the beads together leaving no gaps on the wire.
I followed the same technique when making the matching earrings.
At the top, I thread the wire through a jump ring, passed the wire back
down through the crimp. and Covered the crimp with
a crimp cover.
Here are the shots of the finished pieces:
Polymer clay lentils- Pam Wynn
Teal seed beads
Brass squares- Diver
Brass ear wires- Vintaj Brass Co.
Hope this was helpful!