How to Best Use Crimp Covers?

by Delia
(Omaha, NE)

When I put the crimp cover over the tube when I use my tool to close it it never looks finished. It is either uneven or there are dents in the crimp cover, what am I doing wrong?

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Crimp Pliers
by: Florida Beader

I use my crimp pliers to close them. (Make sure that you have them in the non indent part) The most important thing you can do is to use a gentle touch. They are not very heavy and close relatively easy. Remember that don't have any real structural use they are just decorative. Good luck!

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Crimping pliers
by: Freesinger

I agree with Florida Beader. Try crimping pliers, and make sure you close the crimp cover slowly and carefully. Hold the cover straight with your fingernail while you close it if you need to. You can also use nylon-jaw pliers, as they don't dent the covers, but they don't work quite as well because the crimp cover tends to slip as you're closing it, which can lead to crooked covers and frustration.

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Sizing
by: Freesinger

Also, it could be that, if you are already using crimping pliers to close them, the pliers are the wrong size for the cover you are trying to use. If you are trying to use a large crimp cover with a micro crimper (what I use), it probably would leave dents in your covers.

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They are right above...
by: Janine G.

I use the rounded out part of the crimping pliers and the biggest ones too. I rotate sideways around the cover too. If the two ends end up uneven like a smirky smile, I use the smallest needle nose pliers and try to line up the uneven ends with a small squeeze.
Have a gently touch.
I have re-done them several times and you will get better with practice.

Janine
www.janinedesign.com

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