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Wire Guardians or Wire Protectors

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Wire Guardians or Wire Protectors guard your stringing material from the everyday wear and tear caused by toggles clasps or other findings. Finishing a necklace or a bracelet with Wire Guardians also ensures that you get nice, neat, even-sized, professional looking loops at each end.

How to use a Wire Guardian

diagram of beading wire strung through a crimp bead and then a wire guardian.
Thread a crimp bead onto your stringing material followed by a Wire Guardian. Make sure the wire lies in the channel. Hook the threaded Wire Guardian on to one of the clasp halves. If it won't go on open it slightly with pliers.
diagram of beading wire threading through a wire protector and back through a crimp bead
Slightly pinch the Wire Guardian so that the two ends touch gently together. Then pass the end of the stringing material back through the crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead, trim the short end of the wire and begin beading. Repeat at the other end of your necklace or bracelet for a lovely neat finish.
diagram of beading wire threading through a wire protector with a spacer bead
If you find that you keep catching the wire guardian, with your pliers, when you are squashing the crimp bead, try adding a small spacer bead between the wire guardian and the crimp bead.