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.
- Wire cutters
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.
- Clear stretch magic elastic jewelry cord
Clear, stretchy, and strong, this is a great multifunctional solution.
- Tiger tail wire
Ideal for heavy weight beads such as stone.
- 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.
- Bead cord
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.