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« on: August 10, 2011 11:00:55 PM »

So I've made a couple necklaces with the flexible nylon coated wire and when I loop the wire back in on itself and secure the crimp bead, it always seems that I get it a little loose so that there is a gap between the last bead and the crimp, leaving wire exposed. Is there a trick to getting it tight enough but not getting it too tight?
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011 11:42:04 PM »

How much wire are you looping back?  I leave a significant length usually, loop back through the crimp, through a few of the beads, feed the end out, tighten as much as I can, then set the crimp.

You can try Scrimps too, if you want an option that allows some flexibility.  They are crimps that are set with small screws, so if you need to make adjustments, you can unscrew the crimp and adjust things. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011 09:02:56 PM »

I haven't heard of scrimps before, I'll have to check them out. The problem usually occurs with seed beads on the wire (I thread it back through about 4 or 5) but not with larger beads.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011 11:29:29 PM »

These are scrimps - like I said, a bit pricier.  I don't use them often, but I have to admit I am fond of them.

http://www.beadalon.com/BaseScrimpFindings.asp

sounds to me as though you may need to feed more back, pull enough out at the end to grasp firmly to tighten as you crimp.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011 08:29:16 PM »

 Shocked Wow, those are some teeny screws LOL I'll try feeding more wire back on itself. My eyes are straining just looking at the website!
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