Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ask Sara - What size of crimp tube do I need for my project?


Question: I'm confused about what size crimp to use with the heavy Soft Touch.  Charts seem to indicate a 2x2 but the wire will not go through.  Is the 3x3 the correct size?  Which is the inside measurement - the first number or the second? Thank you.

Answer: The first number indicates the width, the second number indicates the length - width x length. When using our .024 Heavy, we suggest the 2x3mm crimp tubes. Even though the 2x3 is supposed to just be 1mm longer and not wider, it does have a little bit more width and fits the .024 very well. If you need to match the correct diameter of wire with the correct size of crimp, check out this handy dandy chart. 



Diameter
Basic Usage
Crimp to Use
Ideal for embellishing, weaving, crocheting and stringing very small beads.
1x1mm
Ideal for soft materials, seed beads and fresh water pearls.
2x2mm
Ideal all purpose wire. Great with glass, mineral, and metal beads.
2x2mm
Ideal for abrasive materials, large stones, lamp work and bracelets.
2x3mm


To learn more about crimps and crimping - visit our tips and tricks section in our school of design!

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