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Basic Tools and Findings for Beading


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August 12, 2015

Basic Tools and Findings for BeadingIf you are new to beading, here is an introduction to the basic tools and findings you will need to get started.
Tools:

  • round nose pliers (for making small loops and curves)
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  • flat nose pliers (for gripping wire or soft metals)
  • bent nose pliers (use to access small areas and to create angles)
  • side cutters (for cutting wire or soft metals)
  • long nose pliers (use to access small areas and to grip small objects)
  • crimp bead tool (use for crimp beads and tubes to finish jewelry)
  • bead reamer (use to enlarge and round out bead holes)
  • "Bead Bugs" (keeps beads on beading string while working)

Basic Tools and Findings for Beading

 
Basic Tools and Findings for Beading
 
Findings:
  • crimp beads (use to attach clasps on jewelry)
  • crimp tubes (use to attach clasps on jewelry)
  • crimp bead covers (use to cover crimp beads)
  • jump rings (attach charms and other findings)
  • solid jump rings (use with lobster clasps for jewelry closures)
  • lobster clasps
  • magnetic clasp

Basic Tools and Findings for Beading

 
Basic Tools and Findings for Beading
 
Basic Tools and Findings for Beading
 

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August 16, 20150 found this helpful

Thanks Lalala! My daughter and I are learning to bead this summer and this certainly helps!
May I ask what type of thread you would use?
:D

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August 19, 20150 found this helpful

Donna,

We used beading wire. It seemed to be the easiest to learn with. Fishing line can be more difficult when using crimp beads, as they can cut the line. Another option is the stretchy beading thread.

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Just tie it really tightly, then apply a small dab of glue to the knot (or clear nail polish). Hope that helps. :)

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