According to experts, the art of beading is tens of thousands of years old. The first beads were made of seeds and shells. The practice of beading was extremely popular in ancient societies like Mesopotamia and Egypt.
To this day, humans continue to enjoy making beautiful pieces of jewelry with the help of beading tools. In fact, the global jewelry market is worth more than $300 billion.
However, with so much information out there about jewelry making, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Luckily for you, we're here to help.
If you're new to jewelry making, don't worry. Keep on reading and we'll walk you through the most essential beading tools that you need to know about to get started.
A wire cutter is a necessary tool for any jewelry making kit. This tool lets you cut stringing wire, eye pins, and headpins. And because most households already keep wire cutters in their toolboxes, you might not even need to buy one.
Check the shed or garage first to see if your parents, spouse, or other family member has a pair of cutters lying around before you go and buy one.
We'd also like to point out that if you want to cut memory wire then you will need memory wire cutters. Regular wire cutters won't work. If you use regular cutters, you'll end up denting the cutting edge.
Unlike wire cutters, you probably won't end up finding round nose pliers in the standard toolbox. These particular types of pliers are used exclusively for making jewelry.
The round edges of this tool are great for making simple loops and other rounded wire elements. Round nose pliers feature jaws that taper towards the point. This helps you position the wire along the jaw so that you can get the exact loop size that you want.
If you want a large loop, then you should place your wire closer to the handles. You should place it closer towards the tip if you want a smaller loop.
To get loops that are consistent in size, you want to mark the pliers with a permanent sharpie. This will let you place the wire in the space spot each time. When you are done, you can remove the mark by cleaning the wires with an alcohol wipe.
You might be under the impression that you can just use standard needle-nose pliers in place of chain-nose pliers. And there are indeed some situations where that might work just fine for you.
With that said, there is a flat surface that is featured on chain-nose pliers. These are ideal for gripping jewelry wire without leaving any marks or dents.
Chain nose pliers come with shorter jaws than needle nose ones. This makes chain nose pliers easier to use.
These pliers can also be used for closing and opening jump rings because they taper towards the tip. They can also be easily manipulated into small spaces.
These scissors are very sharp and are an essential part of any beader's toolbox. They are great for cutting thread but also for getting into tight trim spots for bead embroidery.
A crimping tool, also known as crimping pliers, comes with special notches in the jaws. These notches are used to round and slightly flatten a crimp bead onto a wire.
You can crimp with one of the notches. At the end of the tool is a bigger notch that you can use to shape the bead. You can also use crimping pliers to secure a clasp at the end of a project.
Some people will skip on this tool and use chain nose pliers or flat nose pliers to smash a crimp bead into position. However, this isn't a great strategy because you can create a sharp edge that can cut someone's skin.
If you can afford it and intend on stringing beads, you might want to also purchase bead stoppers. These are simple tools that can save you a lot of time.
They work by keeping beads in place on the jewelry wire. In order to do this, you want to squeeze the loops on either end of the stopper to spread the springs apart. Then, you want to insert the beading wire and release the loops.
This is going to stop the beads from sliding off of one end of the project as you work on the other end.
The pointy jaws of flush cutters are V-shaped on one side and flat on the other. When you use flush cutters to cut wire, you will end up with one wire piece that has a flat cut and another that's angled.
When you're trying to achieve a professional look, a flush wire cut is going to look a lot nicer than one that's mangled.
Hopefully, after reading the above article, you now feel that you have a better understanding of what beading tools you need to start making jewelry. And the best part is that these tools will last you for many years to come and can be used on projects of all skill levels.
As time goes on, you'll get to add more useful tools to your kit and start making truly complex and intrinsic pieces.
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