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Finishing Techniques for Beaded Jewelry

Tips and techniques for making your beaded jewelry finishing easy and professional looking.

Crimping Pictorial
"See" how to secure a crimp bead with this tutorial, which I put together using illustrations.

How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.

Tip for Bead Tips aka Clam Shell Findings
Use this simple tip for making sure your bead tips (aka clam shell) findings are secure.

How to Use a Bead Tip
Learn the basics for using bead tips to finish off your beaded jewelry designs.

Bead Stringing Fancy Finishes
Learn about some other options for giving your beaded strung jewelry pieces, including necklaces and bracelets, a professional finish.

Big News For Big Crimping
You need the right tool for the right job. Now, you can have your crimping pliers in any size for any size job: small, medium, or large, thanks to the Mighty Crimper.

Using crimping covers
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.

Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn about some of the different clasps and connectors used to make beaded jewelry.

Earring Findings
Learn about the different types of findings used to make beaded earrings.

Bead Stringing Findings
In this article, I take you step by step through some of the most popular jewelry stringing findings. If you want to string up a beaded necklace, bracelet, or anklet, often you’ll need to use one of the following findings in order to do this

Cover Your Crimps
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs.

How To Use Bead Tips
There are a number of ways to finish off a necklace or bracelet. Bead tips, also known as clam shells, are one of them.

Conquer Your Crimps!
Just about any jewelry maker at one time or another attempts to use crimp beads, and it can be a challenge. However, with these instructions and tips, anyone can learn this important technique.

Itty Bitty Crimps
A review of the new micro crimpers from Eurotool. Use these for smaller sized beading wire.

Step-by-Step Stringing Video
Learn how to finish your jewelry pieces using crimps and bead tips and pick up some helpful information about how to design the perfect piece of jewelry from this Beadshop.com how-to video.

Techniques from Beadshop.com
Beadshop.com offers some wonderful directions on a variety of finishing techniques such as using bullion, beads tips, cones for mulit-strand pieces, and crimping organza ribbon.

How-Tos from Fire Mountain Gems & Beads
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has a multitude of project instructions as well as how-to instructions for mastering finishing techniques including using crimp ends and French wire (aka bullion).

Tips and Tricks from Rio Grande
In it's Tips and Tricks section, Rio Grande provides a drop down menu so you can select bead stringing or other types of jewelry making. For beading, they offer finishing instructions for cord jewelry, adjustable knots, French wire, bead tips, cones, and more.

Ruby's Beadwork Tutorials
Ruby offers a number of free beadwork tutorials on her website, many of which include finishing techniques such as weaving the ends of a stretchy bracelet, sliding knots, and bead and ball loop closures.

Magnetic Clasp Pros and Cons
Consider the good and bad that comes with using magnetic clasps on your jewelry pieces.

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