Welcome to our one stop shop for all of your bead and jewellery supplies stocking an extensive range of beads, jewellery making kits and tools. Swarovski crystal, glass beads, semi-precious beads, jewellery findings, sterling silver, Bali beads, and Beadalon beading threads and wires. Visit our Wholesale bead department if you need to buy your supplies in bulk including freshwater pearls, diamante rondelles, gemstone chips and pendants and shamballa fashion beads. We source from all over the world from Venice to Bali to find great quality jewellery making supplies including a large selection of glass, shell, rocaille, foiled glass, Pandora style and gemstone beads. Our Bali sterling silver findings are handmade by craftsmen in 925 silver. We work hard to provide a fast friendly service to all our customers. New Beads are added to the site every week! Thank You for visiting!
We have some amazing value Jewellery kits for you. These are great if you do craft fairs as there is plenty of profit in them. Most kits make at least 5 items including a necklace, bracelet & earrings. Price only £8.99
We stock the full range of Kumihimo supplies includings disks, rattail satin. kumihimo findings and instruction books and Kumihimo kits.
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From a simple necklace to a complete collection, find out how to make jewellery using beads and findings here.
Time to have a new year tidy up of your bead boxes and use up all your odds and ends, stray beads and findings. One way to get rid of a big variety of beads in one hit is to make a charm bracelet with a medley of different types of beads combined to make dangling charms. This works particularly well if you adopt a style such as vintage for which antique gold style findings work well combined with decorative beads such as cloissonne, dark coloured glass beads and millifiore pieces.
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Jewellery making Supplies, what do I need?
For your new beady hobby you will need some basic kit, but it doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, indeed some of the tools you need can probably be gleaned from an averagely well stocked domestic tool kit or sewing case. You need to be able to cut wire, so a pair of wire cutters or a strong pair of scissors are essential. You will also have to grip and squash metal jewellery components so a pair of flat nosed pliers are required, preferably with a fairly fine end, of a few millimetres. The third and vital bead jewellery making tool is a pair of round nosed pliers. These are used to make loops in head pins and eye pins and are indispensable. When you get started the first skill you will learn is turning a pin into a neat loop with these round nose pliers. Those are the basic tools required.
Now on to the findings, the metal pins rings and links that join your beads together to make it into earrings, necklaces and bracelets. They come in different finishes, silver plated, gold plated, copper, antiqued silver and black. Most new jewellery makers seem to start with silver plated findings, they are cheap and great to practice with as you gain experience in your new hobby. The basic requirements for earrings are head pins and eye pins, on which to thread the beads, jump rings to connect them together and earring fittings such as fish hooks or posts and scrolls. For Necklace and bracelet making you require some beading thread such as Beadalon or tiger tail, some calottes or crimps to finish the ends and a clasp to join the whole thing up.
Swarovski Crystal Beads - A Brief History
Prized the world over for their clarity, sparkle and consistency Swarovski beads are the affordable treat for jewellery making. The founder of the brand is Daniel Swarovski, born in 1862 to a Father who was a glass cutter with a small factory in Bohemia. He learned the art of cutting crystal as an apprentice, in 1892 he took out a patent for an electric glass cutting machine, and later a factory in Wattens, Austria was established to produce a vast array of crystal components. The company was phenomenally successful in many fields but it is the beads and crystal jewellery components and pendants in which we are interested. These were used by fashion houses and in high couture during the early part of the 20th century, with the AB or Aurora Borealis coating being developed especially for the great Christian Dior to provide a glittering sheen to the crystals he used on his gowns. Later the company started an ambitious project with jewellery designers to increase the use of their crystals in the field and now Swarovski Elements are sought by creative designers for cutting edge jewellery collections everywhere.
Even as the premium crystal brand, Swarovski is still affordable to all and provides a huge range of shapes, colours, sizes and finishes offering a sparkling palette to inspire your creativity.
Stringing Beads – Which thread to use?
This is one of the commonest questions we are asked by new jewellery makers. No surprise there with the huge variation and quantity of threads, wires, thongs and cords available. Making a necklace is the easiest way to start the hobby but a large, heavy pendant with a ragged hole will need a totally different threading material to light, translucent, tiny beads. So you must fit the beading wire to the project. Necklace threads of all sorts are available in a range of strengths and with different draping properties. These specialist wires are made with a core of very fine metal strands with a smooth plastic coating. The higher the strand count the more flexible the beading wire, good for lighter beads. The thicker the wire the better able it is to support heavier gemstones. Flexible beading wire, for example a 19 strand Beadalon is best for a light bead necklace, crystal and finer smaller bicones. For beginners we suggest a 7 strand tiger tail, diameter 0.018 inch which is extremely versatile and can be used in most standard necklace projects and is reasonable priced. For pearls which have tiny holes it is traditional to use a real silk thread like the Griffin brand which is supplied with a needle attached.