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Finishing Jewelry with Scrimp Findings

At Beadalon, we generally recommend crimping as the preferred finishing technique for beaded jewelry making. However, crimping is not for everyone - it can be challenging to get those little crimp beads or tubes closed properly. For more on proper crimping techniques, check out this infographic . Luckily, there are several alternative ways to finish off your jewelry including this week's Facebook Live feature - the Scrimp Findings . Scrimp Findings are an innovative screw finding that takes the place of a crimp. A tiny set screw inside holds bead stringing wires in place. There are also Scrimp Findings for Memory Wire and for Jewelry Cable ! To use: 1. Partially unscrew the screw in the Scrimp Finding. 2. Insert Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire into the Scrimp Finding, through a clasp, and back down through the Scrimp Finding. Be sure to leave a loop with some wiggle room. TIP: Use a Wire Guardian where extra abrasion is likely to occur. 3. Tighten the screw using the screwdriver an
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