Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beading Tools For Beginners (Bead Jewelry)

When learning how to bead you'll discover very quickly that you require more than just some thread and basic beading needles. There are hundreds of organizers and beading tools available for beading, and these tools have a direct impact on the look and style of any beading project. There are just a few basic beading tools that you need to get you started:
Tool #1: Wire Cutter

Wire cutters are an essential in bead jewelry, because you will be using various kinds of wire. You will want to get a small pair of wire cutters that can cut through things like headpins. They should be small, because the work you will be doing is small. If the wire cutters are too big, you will not be able to cut the wire close to the project.

Tool #2: Glue

Many jewelry projects require that you use glue, but you want to make sure you purchase glue that is specially designed for bead jewelry. White or craft glues will not adhere correctly, but beading glue often gets into the delicate details of a project.

Tool #3: Tweezers

As you continue beading, you will find that you are using very small, delicate beads. A pair of tweezers will help you pick up small objects that you just cannot do with your hands.

Tool #4: Scissors

You will need scissors for many beading projects, but be sure you purchase the kind that is specially created for jewelry making.

Tool #5: Round Nose Pliers

While you can find round nose pliers at any hardware store, it is often better to buy them in a craft or beading store, because these are made especially for beading. Also, you should look for round nose pliers that have a spring in the handle, because they are more comfortable and convenient for beading. The round nose pliers are used for making round or circular pieces of wire.

Tool #6: Flat Nose Pliers

Again, you can find these tools in most hardware stores, as their uses range from beading to auto repair. Yet buying them in a craft or beading store will assure that they are made for jewelry. These pliers should be soft inside the nose, and they will be the primary pair of pliers with a flat nose used in jewelry making.

As you beading expertise progresses you will need other tools like Ez-Beaders and hand tube beaders. You will also find yourself in need of organizers for your beads. Often new beaders just head out to the craft store and pick out beading tools and beads they think are that they need or are great looking. While beaders can create projects out of many combinations of tools and beads, these purchases often get not ideal for great results.

I recall that when I first started beading many years ago, there were a few tips in beading that if I had would have been very useful. One such tip is beading tools buying tips. So here, instead of let you make the same mistakes that I made, I’ve given you the six steps to getting essential beading tools that you require to start beading successfully.

Bead Jewelry


  1. really nice work thank you sooo much :)

  2. Nice post. I love to wear and design handmade jewelry made of beads. Although I am not an expert and just made few pieces with the tools that I am having. Thanks for sharing all the tools that will help one to design some good pieces. I do have some of them and will buy the rest one that you have listed. Thanks.


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