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Jewellery Making Techniques
 

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. Findings come in a variety of finishes; silver plated, gold plated, copper, antiqued silver, non-tarnish and black. Most new jewellery makers seem to start with silver plated findings, they are good value and great to practice with as you gain experience in your new hobby.

 

Now you have the basics, you are ready to start.  Why not look at some of our Jewellery Making Kits to find your first project.

 
 
Basic Techniques
Basic Techniques
 
Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade
 
Threading Materials
Illusion Necklace
Illusion Necklace
 
Charm Necklace
Charm Necklace
 
Necklace Findings
Necklace Findings
Simple Earrings
Simple Earrings
 
Cascade Earrings
Cascade earrings
 
Earring Findings
Earring Findings
Charm Bracelet
Charm Bracelet
 
Stretch Magic Bracelet
Stretch Magic Bracelet