That looks like someone tried crimping 1X19, which is a No-No, especially with only one sleeve. I'll bet the original shrouds had a swaged fork. I NEVER made a crimp eye that looked that bad in my mis-spent youth, making thousands of them, but with 7X7 or 7X19, and NEVER for Standing Rigging. There were people who did it, but they usually tried 1X19 like it was a solid bar, plastically pre-forming the eyes, and using two crimp sleeves. I would not drink with those people, or sail on their generally Ferro-Cement yachts.Nipping off the corners of the thimbles will make it easier to have the cable snug around when crimping.
thanks all. i guess i will use solid rivets. besides a friend of the family has a rivet gun and bucking bar set that he'll let me borrow.