#55290 Jun 18, 2009
Does anyone use it? Recommend/not recommend it?
I had an interesting experience today. In one of the local bead shops I
asked the sales clerk if she'd ever used the Magical Crimping Tool. I
expected she likely had and intended to follow up with a question about
copper crimps. But the response I got was an emphatic, "No, I never have,
and I never will!" Hm. Okay. Uh, never mind. She went on to say that for
all the jewelry "they" make or repair at that store (I believe it's just the
owner, and her that operate the store) they don't even use a crimp tool,
they just "smash the dickens" out of a crimp bead with pliers and leave them
flattened, occasionally she may use a crimp cover. She doesn't like the way
the crimps look and anyway most people, according to her, don't know how to
use the crimp tool so end up breaking their crimps.
Now, obviously she's entitled to her opinion and to do things however she
pleases, but I have to wonder, now, how many others may share her opinion -
because it really took me by surprise.
She did have a valid argument (IMO) about the crimps and wires having to be
specific sizes - but considering those are the sizes I generally use,
anyway, that constraint is not exactly an issue.
Oh, and my original question for anyone who is still with me: Is copper
harder than sterling or gf? My thought process is this - the Magical
Crimping Tool is made specifically for 2x2mm sterling silver or gold plated
crimps, only. I can see how something harder would damage them but I always
thought copper was a fairly soft material. And I believe the guidelines
were laid down before pure copper became a viable option (or perhaps I'm
just WAY behind the times). So if copper isn't harder, or considerably
harder, than sterling or gold-filled, why couldn't it also be used with the