Rio Rondo Enterprises Decorative Beads &
Crimp Covers


Round Beads Ferrule Beads Crimp Covers Tip Beads

Keep up with the latest styles of western (and costume) items using these beads and crimp covers we've specially selected for miniatures use. Use beads on string, round leather lace or wire to craft bridles, headstalls, breastcollars, fringes, and costume and accessory items.
Beads


Use spacing, color, shape and size of beads to easily create unique patterns! For more information and ideas on how to use beads to assemble various mini tack items, check out our Beads & Conchos Brochure.

Be sure to check out the previews linked to the little Preview icons, for photos showing size references on a model.

All items on this page are shown at approximately 200% size.
    O.D = Outer Diameter
    I.D. = Inner Diameter
    Bead Size is a reference to beading wire and bead sizes.

Round Beads
Once you've decided what material you'll string your beads on (leather, string or wire) and determine how you want your beads to be arranged, add a touch of glue where you want each bead to rest, then slide the bead over the glue, one by one. All round beads shown here are "crimp" style beads, and may be set with a pair of crimping pliers.

Please note that crimping beads into place takes practice, and can mar the beads or result in a more uneven look and placement than using glue.
Round Beads
Previews Description Fits up to... Length O.D. I.D. Bead
Size
BD208s Preview BD208s$1.25/50
Micro Round Bead – Silver Plate
22ga Wire
.5mm Lace/Thread
.042"
1.1mm
.056"
1.4mm
.031"
.8mm
0
BD208g Preview BD208g$1.25/50
Micro Round Bead – Gold Plate
22ga Wire
.5mm Lace/Thread
.047"
1.2mm
.056"
1.4mm
.031"
.8mm
0
BD217s Preview BD217s$1.25/25
Barrel Bead – Silver Plate
20ga Wire
.5mm Lace/Thread
.058"
1.5mm
.075"
1.9mm
.045"
1mm
1
BD217g Preview BD217g$1.25/25
Barrel Bead – Gold Plate
16ga Wire
1mm Lace
.069"
1.8mm
.078"
2mm
.051"
1.3mm
1-2
BD217c Preview BD217c$1.25/25
Barrel Bead – Copper Plate
16ga Wire
1mm Lace
.069"
1.8mm
.078"
2mm
.051"
1.3mm
1-2
BD217k Preview BD217k$1.25/25
Barrel Bead – Gunmetal Black
16ga Wire
1mm Lace
.069"
1.8mm
.078"
2mm
.051"
1.3mm
1-2
BD320s Preview BD320s$2.00/10
Faceted Bead – Sterling Silver
20ga Wire
.5mm Lace
.097"
2.5mm
.077"
2mm
.032"
.8mm
1
BD320g Preview BD320g$3.25/10
Faceted Bead – Gold Filled
20ga Wire
.5mm Lace
.097"
2.5mm
.077"
2mm
.032"
.8mm
1
BD25s Preview BD25s$1.35/20
Corrugated Round – Silver Plate
16ga Wire
1mm Lace
.061"
1.5mm
.094"
2.4mm
.048"
1.2mm
2
BD25g Preview BD25g$1.35/20
Corrugated Round – Gold Color
16ga Wire
1mm Lace
.061"
1.5mm
.094"
2.4mm
.048"
1.2mm
2
BD26s BD26g BD26s$1.50/10
Large Corrugated Crimp
– Silver Plate
1/8" Lace
1mm Lace 2x
.146"
3.7mm
.094"
2.4mm
.078"
2mm
4
BD26g$1.70/10
Large Corrugated Crimp
– Gold Color
1/8" Lace
1mm Lace 2x
.146"
3.7mm
.094"
2.4mm
.078"
2mm
4
Notes:
Exact dimensions may vary on the smaller beads.
BD217s runs a bit smaller than the other colors.
BD25 Corrugated Beads also fit 1/16" flat lace.
BD26 Corrugated Beads are very hard: use regular pliers instead of crimp pliers if using as a crimp bead. BD26 are most useful if slightly flattened to an oval shape, to use for a "slider" to hold reins together, or for fastening loops or larger decorating projects.
BD320 is not a "crimp" type bead.


Ferrule Beads
These tubular beads can be used to create the classic "ferrule bridle look. Combine ferrule beads with round beads and/or crimp covers to make stylish patterned beaded sections on bridles, halters, breastcollars and accessory items.
Ferrule (Tube) Beads
Previews Description Fits up to... Length O.D. I.D. Bead
Size
BD401 Preview BD401$1.50/20
X-Small Ferrule – Sterling Silver
22ga Wire
Thread/Floss
.039"
1mm
.045"
1.1mm
.024"
.6mm
0
BD402 Preview BD402$1.50/20
X-Small Ferrule – Sterling Silver
22ga Wire
Thread/Floss
.072"
1mm
.045"
1.1mm
.024"
.6mm
0
BD411s Preview BD411s$1.25/25
Small Ferrule – Silver Plate
22ga Wire
.5mm Lace (snug)
.05"
1.3mm
.031"
.8mm
.052"
1.3mm
1
BD411g Preview BD411g$1.25/25
Small Ferrule – Gold Plate
22ga Wire
.5mm Lace (snug)
.05"
1.3mm
.031"
.8mm
.052"
1.3mm
1
BD423 Preview BD423$1.90/10
Ferrule Bead – Sterling Silver
18ga Wire
.5mm lace
.119"
3mm
.061"
1.5mm
.044"
1.1mm
2
BD565 Preview BD565$1.25/25
Twist Ferrule – Silver Plate
22ga Wire
.5mm Lace
.26"
6.6mm
.059"
1.5mm
.051
.8mm
2
BD584 Preview BD584$1.75/10
Rope Ferrule – Silver Filled
18ga Wire
1mm Lace (snug)
.119"
3mm
.078
2mm
.044"
1.1mm
3
BD120s Preview BD120s$1.60/10
Ferrule Bead – Sterling Silver
16ga Wire
1mm lace
.085"
2.2mm
.075"
1.9mm
.051"
1.3mm
3
BD120g Preview BD120g$2.50/10
Ferrule Bead – Gold Filled
18ga Wire
1mm lace (snugly)
.09"
2.3mm
.065"
1.7mm
.049"
1.2mm
3
BD220s Preview BD220s$1.80/10
Ferrule Bead – Sterling Silver
16ga Wire
1mm lace
.124"
3.1mm
.065"
1.7mm
.051"
1.3mm
3
Notes:
BD565 is not a "crimp" type bead, and can very hard on tools if you try to cut them to make them shorter.
Gold Ferrule Beads tend to run a little snugger than Silver of the same bead.

Crimp Covers
These rounded "C"-shaped beads are designed to be used to cover up a regular crimp bead on jewelry, that may not look so great. However, we found they are also very useful for model horse tackmaking to use as crimp fasteners for leather ends to create loops, as well as allowing you to add "beads" to an item that is already made without having to disassemble it!
Crimp Cover Loops

A crimp cover fastened loosely can also work as a "slider".

Add a "mouthpiece" bead to bits
Small crimp covers work quite nicely to place over where the mouthpiece of a bit would be, to add extra dimension, allow for a bit to be more easily located in the corners of a model's mouth, as well as provide a bit more surface area for sticky wax to better adhere.

Bits with Crimp Mouthpieces To add a bead to a bit shank, put a little sticky wax inside the bead, then arrange it in place and gently crimp it for a secure hold, using needle-nose or crimping pliers. The wax helps keep the bead in place until you can get it crimped on.

Some bit styles may need to have the "mouthpiece" portion trimmed for a crimp cover to fit.

Crimp Covers
Previews Description Fits up to... Length Crimp
Size
BD824s Preview BD824s$1.50/25
Crimp Cover – Silver Plate
18ga Wire
1mm Lace
.094"
2.4mm
2
BD824f Preview BD824f$1.50/25
Crimp Cover – Steel Color
18ga Wire
1mm Lace
.094"
2.4mm
2
BD824g Preview BD824g$1.50/25
Crimp Cover – Gold Color
18ga Wire
1mm Lace
.094"
2.4mm
2
BD824c Preview BD824c$1.50/25
Crimp Cover – Antique Copper Color
18ga Wire
1mm Lace
.094"
2.4mm
2
BD824k Preview BD824k$1.50/25
Crimp Cover – Gunmetal Black Color
18ga Wire
1mm Lace
.094"
2.4mm
2
BD832s Preview BD832s$1.50/20
Crimp Cover – Silver Plate
16ga Wire
1mm Lace+
.126"
3.2mm
3
BD832f Preview BD832f$1.50/20
Crimp Cover – Steel Color
16ga Wire
1mm Lace+
.126"
3.2mm
3
BD832g Preview BD832g$1.50/20
Crimp Cover – Gold Color
16ga Wire
1mm Lace+
.126"
3.2mm
3
BD832c Preview BD832c$1.50/20
Crimp Cover – Antique Copper Color
16ga Wire
1mm Lace+
.126"
3.2mm
3
BD832k Preview BD832k$1.50/20
Crimp Cover – Gunmetal Black Color
16ga Wire
1mm Lace+
.126"
3.2mm
3
Notes:
A pair of bead-crimping pliers is recommended for use with Crimp Covers
Crimp covers can be used on both round and flat leather laces.

Tip Beads
Use Tip Beads to add a quick and easy silver tip to the end of a leather strap. Just add a little glue, crimp in place and trim.

Tip beads can also be used for "slider" attachments.
Tip Beads
Description Fits up to... Length O.D. I.D.
Tip Beads BD510s$1.85/10
Tip Bead – Sterling Silver
3/32" Lace
1/8" Lace
.12"
3mm
.102"
2.6mm
.083"
2.1mm
Apply a little glue onto the end of a leather strap, and slip a tip bead over it, flatten, and trim with cutters to a taper.

Beads
Leather Lace