With any job, the right tools are essential to success. Without them, you’ll waste precious time scrambling to collect the tools you need, or resorting to time-consuming, quality-reducing workarounds. Though the tools you will need will depend, to some extent, on the type of jewelry you are making, there are several tools that will play an essential role in your beading tools and supplies kit.
Essential Jewelry Making Tools
These general beading tools play a pivotal role in every jewelry supply kit, from beginner to advanced:
Pliers You will need a few different types of pliers when you begin your beading journey. These include:
Needle Nose/Chain Nose Pliers These handy pliers are great for reaching into small spaces, as well as working with jump rings, crimping beads, and bending and managing many types of findings. Some have teeth, and some do not. Those with teeth grip better but may leave unwanted marks on your jewelry if you squeeze them too hard. Toothless models prevent this – but may send items sailing through the air given their limited gripping capacity.
Flat Nose Pliers Flat nose pliers are ideal for pulling, providing better grip. The square edge profile also allows you to create sharp corners more easily. These are also available with/without teeth.
Bent Nose Pliers These needle nose pliers feature a strongly bent front end that allows you to reach into a variety of places straight pliers cannot.
Round Nose Pliers The smooth, rounded jaws of these pliers are great for making wire loops like jump rings or winding wire wrapping, providing a smooth curve, and preventing crimping.
Cutting Tools A good pair of wire cutters and a good pair of scissors are essential, whether you are cutting wire, chain, string, or ribbons.
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, Cords, and Wire
The choice of bead cord or wire often comes down to personal preference and style. Crystal Findings offers a number of styles to suit your needs, including:
Bead cord Available in multiple colors, affordable, and easy to use.
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.
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:
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.
Have you fully-stocked your beading supplies to keep up with 2020s most exciting jewelry trends? This fashion-forward year is well underway, and bold, colorful designs are in the spotlight. Say goodbye to simple chains and warm up to these big statement pieces!
Stock Up So You Can Keep Up with these HUGELY Popular 2020 Jewelry Trends
Bold An Funky Hoops never go out of style, and this season’s hoops are big and bold, putting unique takes on funky classics with unexpected shapes and eccentric combinations. How will you personalize our sterling silver and gold-filled endless hoops?
Layered Pieces Simple, single strands are being crowded out by multiple layers of jewelry, such as layers of bold, chunky stone beads in different colors, or a few strands of multicolored metallics in different lengths.
Mix & Match Earrings Forget matchy-matchy designs. Mix and match earrings are where it’s at for 2020 if you want to stay ahead of the game. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes, such as studs and hoops, or mixed metals. Look to Adeam, who favored this style in her Fall 2019 collection for inspiration.
Warm Gemstones Warm colored gemstones are taking over this year. Find the season’s hottest colors in shimmering Swarovski crystal pendants, flat back stones, and other gemstone beads in shades of champagne, gold, turmeric, citrine, orange, reds, and neutral chocolate browns. Pair this trend with others on this list, or create your own unique style, for a truly trendy look.
Pearls Classic pearls go beyond celebrity galas and formal events. This previously traditional look is undergoing a funky transformation in 2020, from simple strings to extravagant designs. Create your own with stunning Swarovski pearls, creating interesting hoops that extend to ear cuffs, or creating sophisticated, multilayered stacked designs using strings of different sizes. Move beyond classic colors, embracing vibrant variations or mixing pearls with gold.
Personalized Nameplates Hello 90s! Nameplates are back! Spell out your name, your story, zodiac sign, mood, life’s goals, showcasing them around your neck.
Chunky and Bold gold-filled Chains Like a flashback to Mr. T’s 80s persona, thick gold-filled chains are also back, making a retro statement around the neck or wrists. Don’t be afraid to go big with links. Such large, fun flair can really pull together even the most modest outfit.
2020 jewelry trends have a lot of inspiration to offer. Which ones are calling to you? Stock up for an exciting new decade of jewelry design. Shop our catalog of beautiful, affordable wholesale beads and supplies online at Crystal Findings today.
It might be convenient and tempting to toss all your beading tools and supplies into a giant heap in a large box after your project, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. Storing your beading supplies this way guarantees you’ll be wasting time digging for each and every item you need for your next project, or money repurchasing items you cannot find. How can you quickly and easily organize supplies for later use?
First, Organize Supplies Into Piles by Type
Group similar items together, such as:
After you have organized them into piles, seek-out appropriately sized containers for each group of objects. You can find storage options nearly anywhere, from upcycled fishing tackle boxes and food storage containers, to clear bins, jars, and multi-drawered storage boxes at your area retail, consignment, or discount store.
Ensure Items are Visible & Essential Items Conveniently Located
Use clear storage containers, or clearly label items so you can find them in a snap. Keep the items you reach for the most easily accessible and close to your work area. If you can, show them off, making a beautiful and functional space. Label absolutely everything with a label maker, permanent marker, or tape and a pen, from the items you use daily, to those you rarely use.
Get Nit Picky
Organize beads and findings into sub-types so you can find what you need in a flash. Common options for organizing beads include by:
Color: Organize by color, shape, or size in a single, multi-compartment container so you can envision multiple possibilities at a glance. Pro Tip: If you’re organizing by size, try sifting a large batch of beads through a colander can quickly help you differentiate large and small items.
Hang spools nearby on a ribbon organizer or wooden dowel suspended between cup hooks. For smaller items, secure them in small, resealable zipper bags, likewise hanging them on the dowel.
Avoid Leaving Leave Supplies Lying Around
As soon as you’re done with something, put it away. It only takes a few seconds. This practice will help you avoid a cluttered workspace – and an overwhelmed mind. Jewelry makers are visual, and clutter disrupts the creative process.
Create a Scrapbook
Organize your design ideas and inspiration for future projects as well, sorting them into a 3-ring binder for easy reference.
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As we enter the new year and the temperatures drop, now is an excellent time to either take-up jewelry making for the first time or to approach it with an invigorated interest. Making jewelry is an amazing hobby that, for some, can become a nice side gig. With custom jewelry making supplies, you can craft and create a physical type of art that best expresses who you are. During cold winter evenings, making jewelry is a meditative hobby for which you’ll have something to show and share with your friends. Soon, you may even find them coming to you for advice on how to make a beaded bracelet or where to buy jewelry making supplies!
Crystal Findings: Your Go-to Website for All Your Jewelry Making Supplies
Speaking of where to buy the supplies, our team at Crystal Findings is dedicated to providing an online space where you’ll find all the jewelry making supplies you need to create beautiful custom-made pieces for yourself, your friends and family, and even your customers. Our supplies include the very basic items you need to get started, such as beginner books for jewelry making and specialty techniques like bead stringing and beading tools and pliers that are a must-have in every jeweler’s arsenal. Additionally, we have in-stock all the beads and other supplies you could want, from Swarovski crystal pendant beads to Shamballa beads in bulk, we got it.
So where do you start this winter? Snow-themed winter jewelry patterns are always eye-catching and reminiscent of the season itself. An Ice Princess Necklace is a gorgeous and easy bead idea. Here, you might choose aquamarine, blue zircon, and crystal colored Shamballa beads and string them along a silver line for a simple yet striking look. We love these colors for this type of necklace as they simulate the look of snow falling against a blue sky.
If you enjoy knitting, another wonderful hobby perfect for cold evenings spent bundled up, then you’ll love how easily you can add beads to transform your crafts. Using a thick cord or similar heavy-duty material of a blue shade, knitters can glide on Swarovski crystal beads for that same beautiful snowfall against a winter sky effect.
Contact Us for More Information and Visit Crystal Findings
We hope this inspires you to start crafting and start creating your own beautiful bead and other creations. Get started this week by visiting our online store where you’ll find all of the beading supplies you need.
Our shop has been around for over ten years now and we are proud to have loyal customers that include both individual buyers and shops looking for bulk bead supplies. We offer fast shipping, no minimum purchase, and a no-questions return policy seven days from your package receipt. Other questions? Contact us today to learn more!
For those new to jewelry making, the seemingly simple task of selecting beading wire can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. With so many types, sizes, and manufacturers, how can you find the right one? The tips that follow offer general guidelines (not rules), and are meant to help those new to beading avoid trial-and-error frustrations.
First Things First: Understanding Beading Wire Measurements
To make an informed decision, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with beading wire terminology and how it applies to measurements and durability:
Beading wire diameter Wire diameter determines the overall strength of the beading wire. The smaller the number, the wider the diameter and more durable the wire. Wire diameter will also determine what types of beads will fit on the wire. Measurements are typically given as a fraction of an inch.
Strand number Beading wire is actually a cable composed of multiple strands. The more strands in the wire, the more flexible it is. The smaller the number of strands, the stiffer the wire will remain. For example, 19-strand wire is more flexible than 7-strand. This is a classic more = better scenario. More flexible wire feels higher quality, whereas less flexible wire will be prone to kinking. The tradeoff is in the expense.
Pound test strength or “break” This number is sometimes displayed on beading wire, denoting weight tests surrounding the maximum pounds of pressure beading wire can take before breaking. The higher the number the stronger the wire.
Tips for Selecting Beading Wire by Design
Considering these aspects of your project can help you determine the best beading wire:
What diameter are bead holes? How small/large are the beads?
Small, lightweight beads, such as sterling silver beads and Bali beads, work well with .010-0.15-inch wire.
Light to medium crystal and stone beads work well with medium diameter 0.15-0.21-inch wire.
Heavy beads are best with heavier 0.24-0.36-inch wire.
Necklace style: The more strands, the more wire will drape. Seven-strand wire holds its shape; whereas 49-strand is supple like string, allowing for elegant draping. Here is a general rule of thumb you can use while choosing the number of strands for your beading wire:
Stiff, choker-style: 7-strand.
Artful drape/movement: 19-49-strand.
Visibility of the wire. If beading wire will show between beads, carefully consider the color of beading wire. Bead wire now comes in an array of colors and finishes. Carefully chosen, your wire color can showcase or enhance your bead colors.
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