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« on: February 16, 2009 02:14:45 PM »

Hi, guys,

A coworker of mine wanted me to make a puka shell choker for her guy, as a replacement for one he had and broke.  So I strung it on medium weight tigertail, and did TWO crimps on each end . . . BUT I got to work today, and she was like, "Yeah, he broke it already."  The tigertail didn't break, but somehow, he got it stuck in his hair or something, and BOTH crimps came off one end . . . I've NEVER had that happen before.  Any thoughts on how I can fix this?  Should I get larger crimps and heavy-duty tigertail?  Or possibly try stringing it on cord or leather, and using metal springs or cord-ends to finish it?  Thoughts/ ideas?  I felt really bad, cause this was only the third piece of jewelry I've ever sold, and I REALLY don't want people to think my stuff is shoddily made Sad
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2009 10:00:41 PM »

I always looped back through my crimps and covered with one of those end cups folded over it, but have eventually had those break too.  (it was hematite and I think the edge of the bead wore out the wire, don't remember)

I would get some heavy duty beadalon or whatever that wire is with multiple cables and use the little wire guides.  I would still loop the wire back through the crimp tho.  If you use a split bead to cover it, it should look fine.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009 01:36:42 PM »

Thank you!  I talked to the guy at the local bead store, and he suggested I try crimping the "proper" way with one of those specialized crimping tools (as previously I'd just flattened the hell out of the crimps with flat-nosed pliers.)  I think using wire protectors or whatever is also a good idea, so I may look into doing that, as well. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2009 07:45:46 PM »

also keep in mind, if it hadn't broken, this guy may have throttled himself!! Smiley

i always use the crimp cover beads--seems to work better and no crimps to be scratchy
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