Crimping Pliers – Not just for beads anymore!

By on July 6, 2016
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for July 6th 2016

Crimp Pliers – Not just for beads anymore!

by Albina Manning

Today we have quick tip from Albina about using Crimp Pliers to create something totally different than you thought – headpins!

Albina Says:

Albina Manning

Make your own headpins using…crimp pliers! It is so fast and easy.

1. Paddle pin.

  • Use the back flat surface of the pliers to “squeeze” the end of wire.
  • If the paddle is not even, file it with an Emory board.




Using the same method, I made this pair of earrings separating crystals by flattening the wire.

2. U-bend head pin.

  • Start with the tip of chain nose pliers and make a tiny 180 degree bend bending.
  • Now, take a crimp pliers and using “O” shaped notch and complete forming a “head”.
  • Notice that this method will place the wire end very close to the pin.

ubendpin 1

ubendpin 2

ubendpin 3

ubendpin 4

I hope you enjoyed this tip from Albina. If you’d like to see more of Albina’s blog posts – CLICK HERE!

Happy Wrapping!

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    July 6, 2016 at 5:51 am

    I always enjoy the tips provides. This one is brilliant–particularly #1. No more dinged fingers nor asymmetric paddles!

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    Heather Gale

    July 6, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Yup I use that for this and many many more uses

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    Gail Chambers

    July 6, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I love to use my tools for multiple purposes. Since I quit beading, I don’t use my crimpers anymore. But I can use them for this! What a great idea!

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    July 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I use the round (O-shaped) part of my crimp pliers to shape and secure the wraps when making links. That way I never have wire ends sticking out.

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    Judi Morningstar

    July 9, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks a bunch for these tips! Little ‘aha’ moments. Also appreciate the readers tip for securing wraps. I’m going to try these techniques for sure.