Jewelry Making Tips

These jewelry making tips will show you how to use both round and flat leather crimps. Leather crimps come in two types, round ones that look a bit like a spring or flat ones that look a bit like an open book.

Despite their name they can be used for other materials as well as leather thong. The flat ones are great for ribbons or organza necklaces. The round ones will give a neat finish to any braided cords.

Materials and Equipment

  • 2 round or flat leather crimps
  • Flat nose or general purpose pliers with smooth jaws
  • The cord, beads etc. for your necklace or bracelet
  • Super glue – optional

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The round crimps are usually used for any round cord such as leather thong, rat tail, rubber or cotton cord.

The flat crimps are usually used for flat cord such as suede, voile or ribbon.

But experiment just because it seems obvious that you should use flat crimps on flat materials there’s nothing stopping you from experimenting.

Jewelry Making Tips

How to Use Round Leather Crimps


Cut the cord to the required length allowing for the ends.

Insert the end into the crimp double the end over if possible.

You can add a drop of super glue to the end for a secure fit but take care not to get any on your fingers.




Push the cord so it fills the length of the crimp but not so far that the cord sticks out of the end with the loop.



Find the end of the coil furthest away from the loop.

Using the pliers gently squeeze the end flat against the cord until the cord is secure in the crimp.



The end of the coil should be bent in as tightly as possible to the cord.

Try not to distort the rest of the leather crimp in the process.




Add the required beads for your project and add a crimp to the other end following steps 2 and 3.




Use a jump ring through the loop to attach the crimps to your chosen clasp.

How to Use Flat Leather Crimps


Cut the cord to the required length allowing for the ends.

Insert the end into the crimp double the end over if possible.

You can add a drop of super glue to the end for a secure fit but take care not to get any on your fingers.




Place the cord so it fills the length of the crimp but not so far that the cord sticks out of the end with the loop.



Using the pliers bend one side of the crimp over the cord and squeeze flat.

Repeat with the other side of the crimp.




Add the required beads for your project and add a crimp to the other end following steps 2 and 3.




Use a jump ring through the loop to attach the crimps to your chosen clasp.

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