Practice makes perfect and if you are looking to become a professional jewelry designer, then you must create lots and lots of jewelry pieces. The more your practice, the better you will become at jewelry designing. In addition, you must be very familiar with all the basic beading supplies that you will need. In this article, we will take a look at the beading supplies that every beginner jewelry designer must have.
You know that beads are the most important part of a beading project. But with so many different types of beads available, you can easily get confused when it comes to choosing. As a beginner, you must aim to invest as little as possible on your beading supplies. So when you are looking for beads, look for the ones that you can easily afford. Pretty beads don’t have to be expensive. You can even find attractive beads made out of plastic, acrylic and glass. These materials are cheaper than others and the beads are available in a plethora of shapes, colors, sizes and styles.
When it comes to creating handmade jewelry, you will need a range of findings as well. These are essential as they are responsible for holding the jewelry together. Some of the different jewelry findings that you will need include:
Ear wires – hundreds of options are available from the three basic styles which include French hook, lever backed and kidney.
Jump rings – these are small wire circles and has a slit in them which can be opened to connect chains and attach beads. They are extremely handy and they are available in a variety of sizes.
Head pins – is much like a sewing pin, but does not have a sharp end. They are essential for making necklace drops and earrings. As a beginner, you can start with the 1 ½″ or 2″ size to get started. You will need a bigger size if you are looking to craft a really big earring.
Eye pins – very similar to headpins and are available in a variety of lengths with 1 ½″ and 2 ″ being the standard sizes. Instead of a straight end, they have a loop which can be used to create dangles for your earrings.
Clasps – you can choose from an extensive selection of interesting and pretty clasps. As a beginner, you can start with lobster clasps as they are the most basic of all.
You need a material to string your bracelet or necklace and that material can be in the form of leather cord, chain or threading string. It is important that the beading wire you choose is easy to work with. It should be clean, strong and flexible as well. You can consider Soft Touch wire which is available from many online retailers. It is easy to work with and you can create a lot of designs and styles with them. Do not choose leather cords as a beginner because knotting can be difficult and if you get it wrong, then you will be wasting your material. Choose beading wire that is anywhere between 0.015 and 0.019 in size.
You will also need to close the wire you are working with and for this you will need crimp beads. Using crimp beads will help you create a professional look.