Beading boards or beading mats: These are helpful items that can help you design and measure any jewelry piece. These can be purchased in jewelry making kits that are available at art stores.
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Crimping tool: Crimping pliers are used with crimp beads and stringing wire in order to secure a necklace or bracelet. This will allow your beads sto stay in place. This is especially handy when making illusion necklaces or bracelets.
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|flat-nose plier pic by Beadalon|
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Stringing wire: bead stringing wires are sold in different lengths. Beading kits normally come with wire that is enough to make short necklaces and bracelets.
Important things to note is the flexibility of the wire. 1) The most flexible wire is the most expensive. 2)The number of strands determines it's flexibility. The higher the number, the more strands it has and the more flexible the wire is. A 19 strand wire is typically used as an all-purpose wire which can be used for heavier beads. A 49 strand wire is very flexible and creates a delicate drape around the wearer's neck even with lighter beads. So, if you prefer the best flexibility and strength use the 49 strand wire. Take note: the strand number is generally printed on the wire product labeling.
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bead stoppers: are used to clamp onto bead stringsto stop the beads from falling off while bead stringing. This is an optional item.
small scissors: there are scissors sold specifically for jewelry making, but most scissors will work fine to cut off excess wire.
pendant: these items could range from beads, precious stones, gems, etc. They hang as a center piece for a necklace, keychain, or even bracelets. It is not necessary to use it when making your first jewelry piece. You can make jewelry without it.
The list may seem overwhelming especially for someone who has never heard of these items before. But don't fret! Most art stores carry these tools so bring the list with you and ask a store clerk for help.
Familiarizing yourself with the basic jewelry making tools will allow you to save time, money, and frustration when making your own jewelry. Now you just need to learn how to bead.