How to Get the Perfect Crimp Every Time with Xuron® Beading Crimping Pliers

Xuron® Beading Crimping Pliers.

Beading crimping does not have to be the least favorite part of your stringing project.

When we developed our Model 494 Four-in-One Beading Crimping Pliers the goal was to make something that performed well, was easy to use, and offered something extra. We achieved this by making a crimping pliers capable of folding and crimping three different size crimp tubes (1, 2 and 3 mm) and includes a chain nose pliers at the tip.

Designer and Xuron® tool user Lena Gillespie, Lena Gillespie Design shares her experience with our Crimping Pliers:

“If you haven’t tried the Xuron #494 Crimping Pliers what are you waiting for?

When I started jewelry making years ago I had no idea what a crimper even was. The one that came in my starter jewelry tool kit was not a great design and I actually avoided crimping & stringing because they didn’t work like I wanted them to. Totally frustrated, one day I thought there has to be a better crimper out there…enter the Xuron #494 Crimping Pliers.

North American made. Easy to use. They work like an absolute dream. Affordable to any budget and you will love the fine tips that can get into tight spaces especially if you like working with fine wire. They really are a multi use plier to me, as I use them daily to tuck my double wrapped loop ends in to avoid jewelry getting caught and they flatten my beading threads to go through needles so much easier.

They are always on my desk with my other favorite “go to” Xuron® tools, the #2175 Maxi Shear™ Cutters and two #475 Short Nose Pliers. Designing beautiful jewelry is made so much easier with reliable well made tools. The added bonus here is…they won’t break your budget.”

Lena’s work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram and purchased on Etsy.

How easy is the Beading Crimping Pliers to use?

Here are the simple steps along with a video demonstration.

✔️ Position crimp tube in “crimping” station and squeeze – for the most secure result, be sure the two wires are on either side of the tube so that the crimping “tooth” can be set between them.

Xuron® Crimper crimping no 2 size crimp tube

✔️ Rotate the crimp 90 degrees and place in the appropriate (1, 2 or 3 mm)  “folding” station and lightly squeeze

Xuron® Crimper folding no 2 crimp tube

✔️ Chain Nose Pliers tips can be used to pick up crimps, finding and small beads — this is my favorite feature!

Chain Nose Pliers great for handling small crimps

Saves on Space and Money

Meredith McKenna review of Xuron® Model 494 Beading Crimping Pliers.

Meredith McKenna, owner of Sin City Beading and Jewelry Design, says, “I absolutely love that I only need this one pliers and I can grab any of my crimp tube sizes and it will work! It saves on space and money since I don’t need to purchase multiple tools!” (Find Meredith on Instagram: @princesspms1 and on Facebook: @SinCityBeading.) 

See our how-to-use-a-bead-crimper-pliers demonstration video:


Abby Robey

I am the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Xuron Corporation. I've had the pleasure of working here for 25 years and one of my favorite parts of the job is meeting Xuron® tool users and hearing the feedback about the products we make.


  1. Alena says


    Does this work for crimp beads as well as crimp tubes? Which size of crimp bead does this support?


    • Abby Robey says


      Thank you for your question!

      The bead crimping plier is not designed for use with crimp beads — only crimp tubes (1x1mm, 2x2mm & 3x3mm).

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at

      Thank you!!

  2. Jennifer says

    I read all the way to the end and can’t find anywhere where I can go to win a free pair of these. Does that mean I win??!!

    • Shari Voigt says

      Jennifer, thanks for noticing this and bringing it to our attention. I had missed removing that text when the giveaway ended this past Spring. But the good news is that we will have more jewelry tool giveaways – and the way to be in the running for any of them is to subscribe to the Xuron® Jewelry Tools News e-newsletter. Scroll up to the top right of this post to find the subscription box. Thank you!

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