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Never break a needle again

When you find yourself putting too much force on your needle, grab your needle-nose pliers! Hold the needle with the pliers about 1/2" from the tip. Put the needle through the bead or material back...
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Crimping right next to the clasp can seriously weaken a piece. Instead, place your crimps next to a soldered jump ring, then wire the clasp to the ring. This provides a moveable joint at the point of greatest stress instead of a sharp metal crimp edge, which can cut the beading wire. Another alternative is to place a bead between the crimp and the clasp. The bead will act as a buffer between the heavily handled clasp and the metal edge of the crimp.