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Solitaire
23-05-2007, 09:18 PM
Ok I splashed out and bought a proper pair of crimp pliers but how on earth do they work ?

I just end up with a flattened crimp which I can get using a pair of pliers

Sparklez
23-05-2007, 09:49 PM
there should be two holes in the jaws of your pliers, the inside one should be 'crescent' shaped. You need to put your crimp in this part first. The other hole should be round. Place the crescent shaped crimp vertically into the round hole and slowly press closed, this should fold your crescent in half, forming a small roundish crump.

Hopw this helps and let me know if anything I've said doesn't make sense.

Carol

mjbelkin
24-05-2007, 08:24 PM
I've never been able to get on with the 2 step crimping pliers - I could always do the half moon bit, but then, nothing :confused:

But these new ones - the magical crimping pliers (http://kandmbeadshop.com/product_info.php?cPath=53&products_id=552&osCsid=06ae02e1fc37648a86b718a8ef82ecc7) (including shameless plug) - are fab, and ever so easy to use. They turn a 2x2mm crimp tube into a nice round little bead.

Solitaire
25-05-2007, 08:15 AM
Well I've tried and tried and just end up with a flat bead, I can't get it to go in to a round bead

mjbelkin
25-05-2007, 09:25 AM
Well I've tried and tried and just end up with a flat bead, I can't get it to go in to a round bead

Are you using the magical crimping pliers (http://kandmbeadshop.com/product_info.php?cPath=53&products_id=552) or the 2-step crimping pliers (http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=84_207&products_id=992)?

I've never been able to get on with the latter, which is why I don't sell them.

Here's (http://kandmbeadshop.com/product_reviews_info.php?products_id=552&reviews_id=30) a reveiw of the magical crimping pliers (and I didn't write it) :D

If you want, you can buy a pair and try them out, and if you're not happy with them just send them back and I'll refund you :)

Solitaire
25-05-2007, 09:47 AM
I bought the 2-step ones, I put the crimp on the half moon bit and squeeze but then can't get the round looking bit.

I've a few new tools and very disappointed with them, a gadget for rounding off the ends of wire that does nothing and a new pair of cutters that seem useless as well.

mjbelkin
25-05-2007, 09:53 AM
I bought the 2-step ones, I put the crimp on the half moon bit and squeeze but then can't get the round looking bit.

I've never managed the second step either :confused:

GeorgeBee
27-05-2007, 04:25 PM
What do your crimps look like? The plain crimps tend to work better than the twisted sort of crimps - well i find that they do anyway!

Solitaire
01-06-2007, 09:34 AM
I've actually done a proper crimp with my pliers, but not certain how many times it has gone wrong and I've had to start again :mad: