I purchased Beadalon #1, 2.0mm crimp beads specifically for an illuson necklace using Beadalon .018 silver plated stringing wire, size M. Using a beadsmith microcrimper tool, about 50% of my crimp beads break. What am I doing wrong?
I am making bracelets with stretchy cord that I think is .08. I've been using the magnetic cylinder clasps, but these can be expensive. Can I use crimping beads to join the bracelets? What size should I use?