A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making
Have you ever looked up the term “findings” and wondered what it meant?
Starting a new pastime and learning new skills might be intimidating, but crafting jewellery doesn’t have to be.
Making jewellery necessitates a basic understanding of industry jargon.
Understanding the various making jewelry tools and components can make the design process much easier and put you on the right track for success.
Our beginners guide is intended to help you whether you’re producing jewellery at home, seeking for a new career, or simply want to make jewellery that better fits your style.
Following a few simple guidelines can make manufacturing jewellery at home a lot easier:
1. Organize – Keep your basics in a storage box that can be readily stowed. Keeping all of the essentials in one area can help you finish your jewellery faster and avoid misplacing items.
2. Microfiber Bead Mat – A microfiber bead mat will keep small components together. Beads do not roll away or get lost in the carpet because of the substance.
3. Bead Scoop – While a teaspoon will suffice, we believe a bead scoop is preferable. They’re ideal for picking up a large number of beads at once, and they’re also useful for separating or counting specified amounts.
Making Jewellery Tools
Start with the tools while learning to design your own jewellery.
PLIERS WITH A ROUND NOSE — These are used to make loops in soft wires like eye-pins, head-pins, and craft wire.
PLIERS WITH A CHAIN NOSE – Tapered at the end. Use for precision gripping of small things.
FLAT NOSE PLIERS — For squashing crimps, grasping, and opening jump rings, these pliers have wide tips.
CUTTERS ON THE SIDE — Cut soft wires like headpins and craft wire. To cut nylon coated wire, such as Beadalon, use this tool.
FLUSH CUTTERS — For added precision, use tapered, thinner snips. Use mild wire for this.
MEMORY WIRE CUTTERS – Memory Wire is made of hardened steel, which will blunt standard pliers. Memory Wire cutters are made to cut through even the toughest metals. Other hard wires and chains can also be used with them. This is an item that should last a lifetime as an investment.
PLIERS FOR CRIMP FORMING — A two-part method for folding and flattening the crimp.
NYLON JAW PLIERS — Pliers have a Nylon covering to help protect metal plating. To straighten craft wire or grip during wire wrapping crafts, use the flat nose design. Loops can be made with nylon-coated round nose pliers without breaking soft wires.
Findings for Jewelry
Making jewelry is an excellent method to produce unique accessories that reflect your specific taste and personality.
If you’re new to beading, though, it can be tough to know where to begin.
‘Findings’ is a jewellery term that refers to all of the jewelry’s components, such as wire, fastenings, connectors, and hooks.
The easy step is deciding which beads you prefer. Finding the correct findings, on the other hand, can be tough for newcomers.
Here are a some of the most common jewellery findings to consider for your next project:
JUMP RINGS are small metal rings with a hole in the middle. Use to connect components like end fastenings and earring charms.
HEAD PINS / EYE PINS – Soft wire pins for attaching beads to the head. Eye-Pins have a looped end, while Head Pins have a flat base. Drop earrings and rosary-style necklaces can be made with this material.
CRIMPS – Tiny metal balls with a soft exterior. At the ends of nylon coated wire, necklaces, and bracelets, these are crushed to produce wire loops. To fix beads in specific spots, they can also be flattened along flexible beading wire.
EARRING FINDINGS – Ear Wires, for example, are used in pierced ears. Charms or beads can be easily attached to the looped end (on headpins).
EARSTUDS – Ear studs are used in pierced ears. Allows for the creation of’stud’ style earrings by glueing things to the flat frontal pad.
Materials for stringing and threading beads
When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to overlook the width of the bead hole in comparison to the thickness of the stringing material.
Always choose a thread that is just a smidgeon smaller than the hole in the bead.
A 1mm bead hole, for example, would fit strings up to 0.8mm.
Decide on the look you want to achieve.
Choose natural materials such as cotton cord, leather cord, imitation suede, and hemp for an organic aesthetic.
Do you require something robust with a wide range of colours? Rattail synthetic cords or shamballa thread are good choices.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and low-cost bracelet, go with something flexible like stretch magic or our alternative economy brand. These don’t have a clasp, are easy to put on and take off, and available in a range of thicknesses.
Enjoy yourself, start with the fundamentals, and watch your making jewelry talents improve.