Tools, Tips, Technique
The crimping iron is a versatile tool. Interchangeable wave plates on some models allow for different crimping patterns. Varying degrees of pressure when using them result in light to strong crimping patterns. There are 3 most commonly used sizes with interchangeable plates plus mini-crimpers which generally have a fixed wave-plate.
Remember to clean the plates before use. Residues, spray, and shampoo build up and make the iron difficult to use effectively.
You can also wipe the plates with a damp cotton cloth as you work.