Want To Try Jewellery Making At Home? Here’s How To Get Started

Want To Try Jewellery Making At Home? Here’s How To Get Started

Are you looking for a new and exciting craft to pass the time? After weeks of COVID-19 lockdowns, jewelry making has become a popular home hobby. Affordable and easy, handmade jewelry is a beautiful gift for people of all ages, brightening the day for those in your life feeling alone or out of touch. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to begin this hobby. What do you need?

Jewelry Making Tools You Need to Get Started

Whether you prefer stringing beads or using beading wire, these beading tools are a must for making jewelry.

    • Wire cutters
      Use these to cut stringing wire and eye/headpins.
    • Bead stoppers
      To hold beads in place.
    • Flat nose pliers
      For gripping wire.
    • Chain nose pliers
      These specialized pliers allow you to grip wire without leaving a mark.
    • Round nose pliers
      Used for creating loops and other round elements with beading wire.
    • Crimping tools
      For securing clasps onto beading wire, and also for flattening/rounding crimp beads onto beading wire safely, without creating sharp edges.

String and Wire

The choice of bead wire often comes down to personal preference and style. Crystal Findings offers a number of styles to suit your needs, including:

    • Clear stretch magic elastic jewelry cord
      Clear, stretchy, and strong, this is a great multifunctional solution. Stretch wires are available in clear color in three different thicknesses of 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm , and 1.0 mm
    • Tiger tail wire
      Ideal for heavy weight beads such as stone. Tiger Tail wires and Acculon are available in 30′ , 100′, 300′, and 1000′  spools.
    • Soft flex beading wire
      This coated wire is available in various sizes and colors. It is a great solution for crystal, stone beads, Swarovski pearls, and when creating illusion necklaces. SoftFlex  comes in 10′, 30′,  and 100′ spools (Most popular for our Crystal Findings beads)
    • Some crafters also use fishing line, normally available in 660′ spools

Wire size is based on gauge – the higher the number, the thinner the wire.

    • 24, 26 gauge: for beads with small holes like pearls
    • 21, 22 gauge: a versatile size that fits most beads
    • 20 gauge wire: strong; good for making clasps

Choosing Your Beads

There are many different types of beads and findings used for beaded jewelry. You can purchase some of your favorites, creating your own personal style, look to YouTube and Google for design ideas, or simply shop clearance beads and findings, getting creative with your jewelry pieces and stretching your dollar. Some of our most popular choices include:

Time to Bead

There are many paths you can take to begin your beading journey. Many start with trial and error; however, with the glut of YouTube tutorials and Pinterest posts out there, there’s no need to fly blind. Simply choose your preferred method of learning and immerse yourself in a project.

Add a little sparkle to your daily routine with jewelry making at home. Shop the affordable collection of jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

Make Quarantine Fun! Jewelry Making Using Shamballa Beads

Make Quarantine Fun! Jewelry Making Using Shamballa Beads

This simple Shamballa bracelet is sure to become a staple in your design lineup. With a square knot design, it can be modified to suit nearly any cord or bead style, but we love to use Shamballa beads for their sparkly flair. The hardest part is learning the trick for the sliding clasp.

Jewelry Making Supplies Needed:

    • About 12 feet of hemp, linen, cotton, or other bead cord.
    • Any kinds of beads you prefer, provided they are large enough for two strands of cord to fit through.
    • Scissors
    • Needle
    • Clipboard or board and binder clip
    • Flat or chain-nose pliers

How to Make a Shamballa Bracelet

  1. Cut two 2-foot pieces of cord and one 6-foot piece of cord. Clip the two anchor cords to your clipboard or board and binder clip work surface, leaving 8-inch tails. Center the long cord, perpendicularly, under the two anchors.
  2. Grab the long cord on the right side, looping it over the anchor cords, placing the right end over the left end.
  3. Next, bring the left end under the anchor cords and up through the loop on the right.
  4. Pull to tighten, creating one-half of a square knot. The second half is done the same, but beginning from the left: Left end over the anchors, under the right end. Right end under the anchors, through the left loop. Pull tight. You should now have a complete square knot.
  5. Repeat this process until you have the number of knots you prefer between beads. Pro tip: Odd numbers of knots look best.
  6. Continue tying the knots, placing beads in between, until your bracelet is the desired length.
  7. To finish the design, sew the tails up through the last section of knots, using pliers to assist you in pulling the need through.
  8. Snip off the ends cleanly.
  9. To make the sliding clasp, form your bracelet into a circle, overlapping the anchor cords. Temporarily tie the anchor cords together with a bit of cord.
  10. Clip the top to your clipboard or board and binder clip work surface. Cut a 12-inch piece of cord, centering it beneath your four anchor cords. Tie square knots as you did to create the original bracelet. Continue for ½-inch. Then, sew the ends back in. This section of knots will be able to slide back and forth on the anchor cords.
  11. Take the tail knots, making slip knots 1-2-inches away from the clasp on each pair of anchor ends. You can add beads here, too. These will act as stoppers, preventing the ends don’t slide out of the clasp. Leave enough length so you can loosen the bracelet enough to fit it over your hand.
  12. Repeat the process many times, making personalized Shamballa macramé bracelets for your family and friends!

Are you looking for inspiring new ideas to make quarantine fun? Check out our blog and browse our many exciting bead styles. Shop wholesale beads and jewelry supplies online at Crystal Findings today.