Securing Crimps Using Regular Crimp Pliers
I admit that I have never been a fan of crimping when stringing beads to create a piece of jewelry. I am not sure why, other than I'm never sure that my crimp is going to hold and stay in place. I have tried for years, and just when I think I've got it down, I'll have a strung piece of jewelry fail at the crimp - and I know I still don't have it mastered. It sounds like a simple process, but for some of us - especially beginning beaders, it can be stressful.
I could definitely relate to the story that inspired Laura Gasparini to invent the Om Tara crimp pliers.
"For many jewelry artists, beginning and advanced beaders alike, crimping is the beading equivalent to going to the dentist – you know you have to do it, but thinking about it can conjure up a feeling of dread. For many people, crimping is a stressful and frustrating process, but it is an essential foundation skill well worth mastering".
Common Jewelry Crimp Problems
There are two common problems with jewelry crimps. The first is getting the crimp attached securely, the second is when the beading wire in the crimp gets loose after the jewelry is finished.
Regular crimp pliers require the beading wire to be separated inside the crimp bead or tube, in parallel lines (not crossed), so the crimp pliers can make a crease between the two wires - forming a separate channel for each wire. Then the second step of folding the crimp over secures them in place.
If you've ever tried holding the beading wires separated in the small tube, sliding the tube to the right spot and then getting the crimp in the right channel and squeezing, you know it's close to a miracle when it all works correctly - especially when there's a strand of beads on the other side! And then you still need to fold the crimp to finish the job.
That's when the second crimp problem can occur - whether you see it or not. The crimp can crack from the pressure - resulting in gradual loosening of the beading wire in the future.
The Difference with Om Tara Crimp Pliers
The instructions to use the Om Tara Crimper are so much easier. The Om Tara crimper has one step to secure a crimp bead - put the wires in the crimp bead or tube inside the Om Tara Crimp Plier and squeeze.
The difference in the Om Tara Crimpers is that multiple serrated jaws clamp onto the wires inside the crimp and hold them in place, instead of a single tooth. The resulting shape of the crimp is curved, not flat, which makes the crimp less likely to crack at the edges in the future. You can fold the crimp if you like, but it's not required because the crimp is already holding the wires securely after the first squeeze of the pliers.Om Tara Pliers. If you do choose to fold the crimp, you don't need to fit it into a special channel like regular crimp pliers. Just use the flat front edge of the Om Tara plier to gently fold the ends together.
One other major difference between the Om Tara and regular crimpers is that it doesn't seem to matter as much what size crimp bead you should use with which wire.
The larger crimp head of the Om Tara seems to help any size crimp hold any size wire securely.
The Om Tara crimp plier is manufactured by Eurotool. There are several different types of Om Tara crimp pliers including the standard crimper, a double crimper with a small and large crimp groove, and crimper / wire cutter combination. I have the double crimper - but think the standard crimper will work just as well unless you do a lot of work with small crimps and thin beading wire.
Edited by Lisa Yang