Five Essential Tools For Making Beaded Jewelry

December 1, 2009 by  
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By Jocelyn Duncan

Before you begin beading, take time to analyze which tools of the trade you will need to start on your beading project. When I first started beading, my first investment went into beading tools. I wanted to make sure I used the right tools to ensure my jewelry pieces come out right. It took a few trial-and-error buying before I was finally able to break it down to these five “must-have” beading tools. For those beginning beaders who are still looking for answers on what to use and when to use those beading tools, read on.

1. Nipper Tool – Every beader knows a nipper tool is the most important tool to have. It’s basically a cutting tool that has an angled blade which will help you get in between beads for a tight, close cut. The nipper tool works best on beading wire and wire that is 20 gauge or softer.

2. Round Nose Pliers – Another beading necessity, round nose pliers are the perfect tool to use for working with wire- whether you’re making simple drop beaded earrings or creating a wire-wrapped pendant or focal.

3. Memory Wire Shears – A must have item in every beader’s tool box, memory wire shears are great to use for cutting heavier gauges of wire as well as plated chain. I used to have a problem dulling the blade on my nipper tool because I thought they were okay to use on any wire. I learned my lesson well. I now use memory wire shears for heavier wires and it works so much better.

4. Chain Nose Pliers – Best tool to use for a variety of things including opening jump rings, closing crimp covers, straightening wire loops, making right angle bends in wire and flat crimping.

5. Tweezers – Strange but true. Tweezers are a must-have in some of my beadwork creations. Other beaders prefer Split Ring Pliers, but I found tweezers to be a great and inexpensive alternative. If you like beadweaving, chances are- your weaving can get tangled. Tweezers are great when you need to untangle or undo your work. Get the Bent nose tweezers which works great for flat back designs or if you need to get into tight spaces.

Having these top five tools for making handmade jewelry handy can make your projects much easier to accomplish and making your beading creations even more beautiful!

Jocelyn Duncan is a handmade jewelry artist who works with semi-precious gemstones, pearls and crystals. She incorporates wire-work in her jewelry designs. Visit her handmade jewelry store online at: http://www.designsbyjocelyn.etsy.comArticle Source:

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