BEADING BASICS

Attaching a Colette

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Step 1. Take your length of tigertail and attach a crimp bead as below.

Step 1 Attaching a colete

Step 2. Now, take the Calotte and slid it onto the Tigertail, pulling the secured crimp inside the Calotte. Trim excess Tigertail close to the crimp.

Step 3. Using round nose pliers, curl the Calotte loop round, so the end is sitting just inside the Calotte.

step 3 attaching a colette

Gently squeeze the 2 sides of the Calotte together, trapping the crimp and the end of the loop inside.


Step 4. For the other end of your bracelet or necklace, thread on a calotte, then a crimp. Secure crimp inside calotte with your pliers.

step 4 attaching a colette



Attaching a Crimp

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Step 1. Take a length of Tigertail and slid a crimp bead onto the end.

step 1 attaching a crimp

Step 2. With your pliers, place them around the crimp and position the crimp where you would like it on the Tigertail.

step 2 attaching a crimp

Step 3. Squeeze the crimp flat, trapping the Tigertail inside the crimp.

step 3 attaching a crimp


Attaching a Crimp Cover

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Step 1. Take your secured crimp that you would like to cover and a Crimp Cover.

step 1 attaching a crimp cover


Step 2. Slide crimp cover over crimp and make sure it is sitting neatly over the crimp and tigertail. You may find it easier to hold the crimp cover in your pliers to slid over crimp.

step 2 attaching a crimp cover

Step 3. With your pliers, gently squeeze the crimp cover closed over the secure crimp and Tigertail. Make sure you close the cover evenly, to create a neat round bead shape.

step 3 attaching a crimp cover



Attaching a Wire Protector

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Step 1. Take a length of Tigertail, slid a crimp bead and one side of a wire protector onto the end.

step 1 attaching a wire protector

Step 2. Thread the end of the Tigertail back through the other side of the wire protector. (Image A) Then back through the crimp. (Image B)

step 2 attaching a wire protector


Step 3. Pull the tigertail tightly around the wire protector and push the crimp as close to the wire protector as possible. With your pliers, gently push the crimp flat to secure in place.

step 3 attaching a wire protector


Creating a Loop

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Creating a Loop on a Head/Eye Pin -
Wrap Around Method
Step 1. Slid bead onto pin and hold the pin 5mm above bead with round nose pliers.

step 1 loop twist

Step 2. Wrap top of pin into a loop (Image A), curling it around the pliers. (Image B) Then twist the wire back around the pin just above the bead. (Image C)

step 2 loop twist

Step 3. Wrap 1-2 times round the pin, then trim excess wire. To neaten, push end of wire inwards.

step 3 loop twist


Curl Method
Step 1. Slide bead onto pin and hold the pin just above bead with round nose pliers.

step 1 loop curl


Step 2. Bend the pin wire at right-angles to the bead (Image A), then curl the pin round the round-nose pliers to create a loop. (Image B)

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Step 3. Trim excess pin wire as close to your loop as possible with wire cutters, (Image C) then gently push end of your loop inwards to sit in line with the pin. (Image D)

step 3 loop curl


Knotting Elastic

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Step 1. Hold the end of strand A in your left hand and the end of strand B in your right hand. (Image A) Then Cross A over to form a X. (Image B)

step 1 knot elastic

Step 2. Wrap A once around B, like the first step of tying a shoelace. A will now be on the right and B on the left.

step 2 knot eleastic

Step 3. Cross A under B, forming another X.

step 3 knot elastic

Step 4. Now wrap A around B again and pull to tighten the knot.

step 4 knot elastic


Opening a Jump Ring

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Step 1. Hold Jump ring with 2 pairs of pliers.

step 1 jump ring

Step 2. Gently push the Jump ring apart, moving Pliers A away from you and the Pliers B towards you.

step 2 jump ring

Step 3. Attach the ring to your piece of Jewellery then holding the pliers in the same position, reverse the action in Step 2, pulling pliers A towards you and pushing pliers B away.

step 3 jump ring

Quick tip: When closing your Jump ring, push the ends just past each other and then pull them back in line to ensure a tight, neat closure.

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