This sterling silver round crimp bead is durable and provides a secure finish on strung designs made with tigertail, foxtail, Beadalon® or any other wire stringing material. Crimp beads are short, thin-walled beads designed to secure wire and cord without having to tie knots. The wire goes through the bead, then through the clasp or other finding, and back through the bead.
To secure the bead, crimp it snugly onto the wire using specially designed pliers that neatly flatten and fold the bead without crushing it. Choose a crimp with a inside diameter that will accommodate at least two thicknesses of the cord/wire you will be using, and more if you will be working with double or triple strands.
• IMPORTANT: Sterling silver is an alloy containing metals that react with chemicals found in air and produce tarnish; high moisture levels, exposure to sunlight and contaminants such as salt water increase this reaction. Take steps to protect your sterling findings by keeping them in airtight packages, use tarnish-resistant products (such as tarnish tabs or strips) that absorb harmful chemicals, and store sterling findings in a cool, dry place. Most tarnish is easily removed by polishing with a mild abrasive or soaking in an anti-tarnish solution.