Crimp beads are soft metal beads that are flattened onto
tigertail or soft-flex wire to finish strands or keep a bead in place.
String a crimp bead onto tigertail and flatten it with
pliers. Crimp beads often have a corrugated look.
Crimping Pliers Specialized pliers for squishing crimp beads.
I would recommend getting some if you plan to use crimp beads often, as they
make the crimp bead look like less of a squished mess. They operate in the following manner: you squish the bead once into a U-shape, and then you squish it again so the U becomes a little ball. This looks much neater than using regular pliers.
You may also want to get a bead board to lay out your designs
and wire cutters to snip the tigertail.