Spending time with our beads can be so much more enjoyable when we use the right beading tools! Your trusty beading tools should include a good set of jewelry pliers, thread snips or good embroidery scissors, your favorite beading needles and your favorite beading mat or beading surface. When you start expanding your jewelry-making skills, you’ll undoubtedly need to expand your beading tools to include more specialized beading tools. Beading tools can be quite simple, like the plain wooden dowels that are used to provide support for beading stitches like African Helix or tubular right-angle weave. More specialized beading tools can include things like beading awls, pearl knotting tools, wire straighteners and jump ring openers. Using your beading tools properly can help you make beautiful beaded jewelry that will last a lifetime.