This is the first article and we will start with the basic beading tools that you will require. I will cover all aspects of creating everything, from necklaces to key chains and tablecloth weights.
Make sure these have secure grips and fit comfortably in your hand.
Make sure these have secure grips and fit comfortably in your hand. The flat edges are useful in crimping, an essential beading technique.
Get a strong, comfortable grip side-cutter with sharp ends to ensure easy cutting of wire. I do not recommend cutting chain with your side cutter, as this will cause it to become blunt. See no. 5 for a chain cutting tool.
Use this cutter only to cut chain, not wire, and do not use your side-cutter to cut chain. This cutter can become blunt if you cut wire with it.
I recommend starting with this jewellery wire as it is versatile and virtually unbreakable. Recommended diameter 0.35 to 0.38 mm. They come in a range of colours - I usually just use the matt silver coloured wire.
Head pins and eye pins come in different lengths sizes and materials.
Shepherd’s hooks also come in different sizes and materials, choose the ones best suited for what you wish to make.
Bronze and Silver plated chain.