One thing that has been mentioned by reluctant crimpers is the management of the exposed crimp. Of course there is always wire-wrapping, or covering it with a large-holed bead, or using off the shelf crimp covers. These things can be issues unto themselves sometimes though--wire wrapping, unless managed well, can traction the strung beads too tightly. One of the whole points of using beading wire and crimps is to string smaller beads, so it isn't always easy to find a large holed bead that fits with the look.
There happened to be cut pieces of tin on my table, so I filed some little strips, about 3/4 inches long, and rolled them strategically right over the crimps on this necklace. The nice thing is of course, you can customize the heights as necessary by cutting. There is absolutely no tractioning of the beaded strand so it doesn't tighten up either, and sit all wrong, which is really what I like best about them. The strand's integrity just as you beaded it remains. Here's a close up below:
I used tin crimp covers on this necklace below as well. The tin print part was black, so I dotted teeny silver leaf on it.
I've got several new things made, photographed, and ready to list. I'm feeling kind of burned out on listing right now though, so I will leave them until tomorrow. Here's a stone stranded, wire wrapped blue glass guy:
And a shell assemblage guy:
Below is marble and glass stranded, with a nice long assemblage pendant.
So, if you haven't checked it out yet, go see my supply shop! Coming soon are some macramed and braided cotton cords for use in necklaces, and some ready-to-use vintage tin chandelier earring connectors. I just need to get everything together in time for photos before the sun goes down. No exaggeration--it began getting noticeably darker at about 3pm today! By 4:20, it was beyond dusk. This is not my favorite time of year!
But I'm trying to forget that. Things are good. My son's last day of his very first college semester is tomorrow and I am quite proud to say he'll be receiving all As. He's actually got 100% in most of his classes!