What you might not know, is that there are at least 4 other nifty ways to use your crimp tool. Try these and let me know how they work for you.
- Tuck wire ends on wraps: Use the crimp tool when you are creating wrapped loops to get into tight spaces and tuck the wire ends in. You can use either the front tips or the crimp rounder. This will help you finish the wraps neatly.
- Create a paddle pin: Paddle pins are like head pins, but they have a wider, flat surface like a paddle. To make a paddle pin with the crimper, just take a piece of wire less than 20g thickness, place it in the tips of the jaws and squeeze. The crimper will make a flat paddle that can be used to hold beads. The beads must fit the wire snugly though, since the paddle is not very wide.
- Create a wide paddle pin: If you have the same crimp pliers pictured above, you can use the back flat portion of the jaws, just behind the 'c' groove to flatten wire. This creates a wider paddle pin than using the front part of the plier. Make sure you look for sharp edges when using this part of the plier, since it does not always leave a smooth edge.
- Start a wire coil: I always have trouble starting a coil with the thick piece of wire. I find that by using the crimpers to flatten the wire end (i.e. make a paddle pin first) and then start coiling, the resulting spiral is rounder and smoother.