Along with jewellery findings, jewellery making equipment are the basics behind all beading and craft projects and here at The Bead Shop we have hand-picked our range to make your crafting easier. From squashing crimps and opening jump rings with jewellery making pliers to securing findings and cabochons with glue, these are essential pieces to give your final piece that professional touch. If you don’t have a bead mat or two in your toolbox you’ll soon see how much of a lifesaver these can be for runaway beads!
One of our favourite things about being enthusiastic jewellery makers is building our own jewellery essentials toolbox. There’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down, opening up your box of jewellery making equipment and diving in to see what you can create with the things you have. Jewellery making pliers have to be one of our must-have pieces of kit as they’re vital for squeezing jewellery findings into place and ensuring everything is secure. Step loopers are also valuable when bending or trimming metal wire, craft wire or copper or brass core wire. It also helps to create perfectly looped eye pins.
Beading needles also come in handy when stringing beads, pearls and sequins, but remember that since each needle is designed for a specific purpose, some are better at certain things than others. As much as we love beading, it can sometimes be fussy and delicate work that your hands alone cannot cope with. Sometimes you need a bit of extra help, particularly when it comes to hand-knotting thread between beads or getting a knot out of a chain. This is where Beading Awls can come in handy. With a strong, sharp point that’s useful for opening crimp covers, this is a versatile tool that you’ll soon think of as a life saver.
Discover our whole range of jewellery making tools, exclusively at The Bead Shop.