k ladies, I put together a tutorial, you can view it here! Crimping by =Naneko85 on deviantART
Push download on the left side towards the top if you want full resolution.
I hope this helps.
Also, I saw Joann's is having a jewelry making sell so you can get findings and such there.
I also realized that saying to use crimps may be a bit vague because well...there are soooo many different types. I use ones like this : Blue Moon 2mm Crimp Bead - 40PK/Silver
They have little ridges in them and flatten well when you use the pliers on them. Don't slip in my experience either. The smooth tube like ones I have had trouble with, but alot of it is just preference! Have at it girls!