A Beginner’s Guide to Beading
Whether you’re a jewellery addict looking to make your own personalised creations or someone hoping to make money by selling handmade bracelets, there are plenty of things to take into account when venturing into the world of beading for the first time. Here are just a few of the key things to consider:
Learn some basic skills
Whether you’re planning on working with traditional beads or crystal-like pendants, most projects require a few basic skills. For example, you’re likely to need to know how to open and close a jump ring and form a wire loop. Once you’ve mastered a handful of key skills, these can easily be integrated into just about any project.
Invest in high quality tools
Although household tools such as wire cutters and pliers are likely to suffice in the early stages of your jewellery-making hobby, you’ll get much better results if you use tools specially designed for jewellery and beading. We recommend investing in some jewellery-making pliers. These can come with a variety of noses designed for a range of beading tasks.
These specialist tools can be really cost-effective, particularly if you’re selling the jewellery you create or make your own instead of buying them.
Familiarise yourself with popular beading terms
Bails, blanks, and split rings are just a few of the beading terms you’re unlikely to be familiar with if you’re new to the beading world. But the sooner you learn all the terminology and discover how certain things can be used, the sooner you’ll be able to create beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Stock up on supplies
There’s nothing more frustrating than starting a project only to realise you don’t have enough beads to complete your necklace or you’ve ran out of jewellery clasps just as you’ve finished adding all the jewels to your bracelet. As a result, we recommend stocking up on your jewellery supplies so that everything you need is ready and waiting.
Create your workspace
Having a specific crafting room in your house can be a great way of keeping everything organised while also ensuring you have your own little retreat where you can truly concentrate.
Not all of us have a spare room in the house which can be dedicated towards beading, so if this is the case for you, a table will do. Start your own toolkit so everything is organised and be sure label everything so specific items can easily be found. Transparent storage boxes can prove extremely valuable when organising your supplies. Whether you fancy using Kumihimo beads or Flat Backs and Cabochons, you’ll be able to immediately spot everything you need without having to rummage through all your supplies.