Pliers and Needles and Threads, Oh, My!

Aug 4, 2011

I have just as many drawers full of stringing wire, beading pliers, findings, and beading thread as I do drawers full of beads! Some days, it seems like every beading project that I make requires its own set of beading tools and jewelry-making supplies. When I first got started in beading, I never dreamed that I would have such a large collection of jewelry-making pliers, stringing wires, beading threads, crimps, clasps, scissors, and wire cutters. (And let's not forget my beading awls, pearl knotting tool, wire straightener, or jump-ring opener!) Some of my tools are quite simple - I have a couple of wooden dowels that I've used for years to provide support when I do beading stitches such as African helix or tubular right-angle weave. But it's important to know which beading tool is the right tool for the jewelry-making task at hand.

That's why we're so pleased to bring you some very helpful information from Jean Campbell's comprehensive resource Getting Started Stringing Beads in our new free Guide to Beading Tools and Jewelry Supplies, Plus Three Free Projects to Learn How to Use Your Jewelry Making Supplies eBook.. Jean has seen it all when it comes to beading tools and jewelry-making supplies, and she shares her picks for a well-stocked beading tool kit. Once you have a better idea of what kinds of beading tools, jewelry-making pliers, beading thread, stringing wires, and beading needles are out there, it's time to sit down and make some beaded jewelry! To get you started, we've included three fabulous jewelry-making projects in this free eBook.

Start by using your new jewelry-making pliers and create a pair of Barbara Naslund's Copper Dream Earrings. Easy enough to make using some basic jewelry-making pliers and your favorite glass beads, and you can also make these using gemstone beads for a more organic look. Once you're comfortable with your pliers, it's time to move on to the fabulous multi-strand project, Rachel's Wedding Bracelet by Rebecca Campbell. Rebecca designed this bracelet for her sister's wedding, but it also works for your next night on the town! Finally, get down to some serious stringing when you make Linda Hartung's Flamenco Braid Necklace. This show-stopping piece is most definitely worth the effort and reminds me of necklaces I've seen in my favorite vintage-jewelry shops.


We think you'll love our new Guide to Beading Tools and Jewelry Supplies, Plus Three Free Projects to Learn How to Use Your Jewelry Making Supplies eBook. It's a great resource for anyone who loves to make beaded jewelry and wants to make jewelry that is sure to last a lifetime! Download your copy today, and find out all you need to know about your basic beading tools and jewelry making supplies!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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