This little beauty helps tighten wired frames. Wire the frame loosely and run this crimper over the wires. The crimping takes up the slack and tightens the wire, making it much easier to embed into the foundation. Try one, you will love it! Use with the Old Style Spur Embedder.
I was so frustrated with the crimper. I must have read 100 blogs and forums before I found the holy grail. 1. TAKE THE SPRING OUT. 2. put a little olive oil just a drop or two on each roller and 3. dont run the wire in the middle of the rollers. Put the wire at a little bit of an angle. Its that simple. This really works. I tried everything--trust me.
- Cathy, WA
Waste of time
No matter the pressure applied, the crimper slide across the wire instead rolling. Better tightening can be had by using needlenose pliers to roll up slack at last eyelet.
Tough to use
I found this thing pretty tough to use. I had to go over the wire several times and very lightly at first to get the wheels to spin. Otherwise it just slides along. If you squeeze too hard it wont roll. When you dont squeeze hard enough it doesnt crimp. Catch 22. Handle needs to be made of metal, not plastic. The plastic flexes. Plan for a long day/s if you have a lot of frames to do. Using the thinnest wire possible will probably help.