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What You Need to Start Beading: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making

by John Woodson 14 Feb 2023 0 Comments

Beading is a fun and creative hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you're looking to create a piece of jewelry or just want to make some unique accessories, there are a few basic tools and materials you'll need to get started. In this beginner's guide, we'll go over what you need to start beading and how to choose the right supplies.

  1. Beads: The first thing you'll need for beading is, of course, beads. There are a wide variety of beads available, including crystals, gemstones, sterling beads, and the list goes on. You can choose beads of different sizes, shapes, and colors to create unique designs. It's a good idea to start with a basic set of beads that you would use in various project; Crimp Beads, Seamless Round Beads, Crystal Bicones.

  2. Beading Wire: The next essential item you'll need is beading wire. This is the material that you'll use to string the beads together. There are different types of beading wire available, along with a variety of other stringing materials including elastic cord, nylon knotting cord, chains and more. It's important to choose the right cord for your project. (Our jewelry making kits always include your cord along with your beads)

  3. Crimp Tool:  Crimp tools are an essential item for making beaded jewelry. They are used to secure clasps, jump rings, and other jewelry findings to the ends of your beading wire or cord. A crimp tool typically has two notches that are used to crimp beads or tubes onto the wire, securing it in place. 

  4. Scissors: A good pair of scissors is essential for cutting your thread to the right length. Make sure you choose a sharp pair of scissors that can cut through your thread cleanly.

  5. Jump Rings: Jump rings are small metal rings that are used to connect different parts of your jewelry, such as the clasp and the chain. They come in different sizes and are available in different metals, including silver, gold, and rose gold.

  6. Nipper Tool: A nipper tool is a small tool used to cut wire, head pins, and eye pins. They are essential for creating precise and clean cuts.

  7. Head Pins and Eye Pins Head pins and eye pins are used to create beaded dangles or charms. They have a flat head on one end and a loop on the other end, which can be used to attach them to a piece of jewelry. They come in different lengths and gauges, and can be made of different metals.

  8. Crimp Covers Crimp covers are small metal beads that are used to cover up the crimp bead or tube, making it look more polished and professional.

  9. Chain Chain is often used in beading projects to create necklaces or bracelets. It comes in different lengths, thicknesses, and styles, and can be made of different metals.

  10. Clasps and Findings Finally, you'll need clasps and findings to finish off your beading project. These are the components that will allow you to attach your finished piece to a necklace or bracelet. Clasps come in different shapes, sizes and materials

Overall, starting beading is a relatively inexpensive hobby, and you don't need to invest a lot of money to get started. As you gain more experience, you can begin to experiment with different types of beads and materials, and develop your own unique style. Just remember to have fun and let your creativity guide you!

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