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.