Wire protectors can be used to add strength to your jewelry project. They are designed to provide support to beading wire where it fixes to a clasp - the part which becomes weaker over time.
Wire protectors contain little tubes for beading wire to be threaded through. Follow the steps below to add wire protectors to your project!
When you’ve finished stringing on your beads, add a crimp bead, followed by a wire protector. Simply thread the beading wire through one side of the wire protector as shown in the image above.
Thread your beading wire back through the other side of the wire protector so that it follows the natural curve of the wire protector loop. Also thread back through the crimp bead and back through a couple of your main beads too. Pull the wire tight, so that your beads are secure.
Use flat nose or chain nose pliers to squash the crimp bead into place. Then gently press the wire protector sides together so that it makes more of a seamless loop.
At this point, you can add a crimp bead cover if you wish over the top of your crimp bead. You can then attach a clasp to the wire connector. Trim off any access beading wire to finish!