Sunday, 28 August 2011

Jewellery-making tools and components

Here is the tool kit I actually use myself, I don't think you'll need any other pliers for basic jewellery making. It comes in a handy little travel case which I've found useful for taking to craft fairs to do any last minute alterations or repairs. I also love how small the pliers are and, as they fit in the palm of my hand, I find them easier to use than regular pliers. The colour coded handles on the pliers are great for learning which pliers do what.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beadsmith-Color-Jewelers-Mini-Travel/dp/B0053TPP7Q

I haven't actually used these myself as I have never used memory wire, but I shall buy some soon as I would like to start using memory wire.
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/Memory-wire-cutters/bo1079

I used one of these in a jewellery making cafe in Wales, they work wonders keeping all the beads from rolling around everywhere!
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/Bead-mat/bo1024

Jump rings are probably the most crucial jewellery finding you can get, they attach nearly everything together! Jump rings come in a variety of sizes and colours, even different shapes! They can also be used for chainmail work.
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/jump-rings/c425

Headpins and eyepins are used mainly for turning beads into charms. Eyepins can be used to turn handmade polymer clay shapes into charms. Headpins are used to make a charm with nothing else attached whereas eyepins are used to make a charm that you can dangle another charm or pendant from.
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/headpins-eyepins/c426

Chains are used mainly for bracelets and necklaces. I like to use scrap pieces of chain on kilt pins too. It is usually purchased by the metre and there are many varieties available. Pre-assembled necklace chains are also available which would be great to use if you are new to jewellery making.
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/chain/c428

Earring findings come in a large variety of styles. I personally prefer French fishing wire (called long ballwire/fish hook on Beads Unlimited) and flat stud pads. Flat stud pads can only have flat-backed cabochons glued onto them.
http://www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/earring-parts/c424

*Beads Unlimited is one of my favourite beading suppliers, the wholesale prices are super cheap and everything is great quality!*

Loppy x

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