Focus on Findings

Easy Attachments
By: Katie Hacker

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There are times when you want the beading wire to enter directly into the clasp instead of having to loop it at the end of a design.

EZ-Crimp™ clasps feature a tiny coil that actually crimps onto the beading wire, making regular crimp tubes unnecessary. They're available in a variety of styles, such as toggle, S-hook and hook-and-eye. You can also use plain EZ-Crimp™ ends and then add your own clasp.

To use an EZ-Crimp™, pass the wire end inside the crimp end, and then use a large crimping tool or EZ crimp pliers to squeeze the bars together. The coil inside flattens to securely hold the wire in place. Because the large crimping tool has a rounded jaw, the entire coil is squeezed shut, which holds the wire firmly in place without damaging the wire. Tug gently on end to make sure it’s secure.

You can also use a special magnetic Scrimp™ finding to attach a clasp. A Scrimp™ finding contains a miniature screw that holds the wire in place. This is a great way to finish a design because it is completely removable, which allows you to adjust the length or pattern after attaching the clasp.

To use a magnetic Scrimp™ finding, first use the miniature screwdriver to loosen the screw. Place the wire inside the clasp and then screw it down. This is a completely secure connection because the wire is held in place inside the clasp.

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