Can't get that mangled crimp to look like a bead, or don't feel
like trying? Just conceal it with a crimp cover. You'll get a great
looking bead every time and can focus on making crimps that hold
instead of just crimps that look nice. All you need is a pair of
- Crescent shape won't become a perfect round bead when
closed, but with practice, you can get pretty close.
- These also work nicely as a "stopper bead" on the ends of our
magnetic cable findings (catalog p. 50) to keep large-hole beads
from slipping off.
- Raw brass items sometimes have a thin coat of oil. Warm water
and detergent (dry to avoid water spots) or alcohol and a cotton
ball are all it takes to remove it.
- Since brass is a copper alloy, prolonged contact may discolor
the skin of the wearer. Raw brass items will develop a natural
patina over time unless sealed. To speed up the patina process, try
applying an oxidizing solution such as Win-Ox™ (#86-343) or liver of sulfur (#86-354).