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.
  • Findings
    We offer a variety of sterling silver beads and findings and gold filled beads and findings, including clasps, clips, ear wires, headpins, and more – because one can never have too many findings when planning a new jewelry making project.
  • Adhesive
    Good adhesive ensures your knots will stay put, safeguarding your beautiful design.
  • Tool or Tackle Box
    Keep your tools organized, nearby, and at-the-ready with a tool, tackle, or cosmetics box.

Other Specialized Tools You Might Like to Include

These extra tools and accessories may also be helpful:

  • Specialty Pliers.
    • Crimping Pliers
      These are shaped perfectly for crimping beads and tubes, so you don’t accidentally cut through threads and wires.
  • Tweezers
    A pair of household tweezers can help you pick up beads, thread needles, tie knots, and pull threads.

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