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Fairly decent but not great tool
on March 21, 2013
I bought this tool a few months ago, hoping it would solve my crimp bead problems; it has not. While it does crimp adequately, I find it fiddly to use (even more so than a normal crimper) and the crimps don't work any better - perhaps not as well - as with the simpler, 2 step tool.
In fact, I have a necklace on my table right now, which has fairly heavy beads (20 1" polymer clay beads, to be exact). BOTH crimps failed, about 4 hours apart, during the first day after assembly. I've recrimped with the regular crimper and so far, after 2 days, have not had another failure (all crimps were the proper size, sterling silver tube crimps).
My recommendation is not to bother if you can use a regular tool with any success; if you can't, I suppose this might help, but it is touchy to use correctly.