All you need to know about Jewellery Making Tools

If you have a creative mind, jewellery making can not only be a superb hobby, but it can also be a great stream of revenue; either on the side or as a full time job. Whilst many jewellery makers stick to creating pieces for their own persoal use, once you have become more experienced, you can pass them on as gifts, or to sell.  

With all its benefits, jewellery making can be fun. However, as you start to try and experiment with more difficult pieces, it can become a challenge if you aren’t equipped with the right jewellery making tools.

Whether you are new to jewellery making, or you want to kick start your hobby into the next level, there are a number of tools that you need to get to grips with. You will need to get to grips with the basics, with everything from pliers to wire cutters, to reamers and filing tools.

Not only this, but you’re going to need to know which tools need to be used for the each jewellery making project, to make sure that we get the perfect finish everytime.


Especially when it comes to beaded jewellery, pliers will be your best friend. They make it really easy when it comes to stringing beads, manipulating wire, and opening and closing loops. There are a number of different pliers and they all have different uses, so make sure you choose the right one for the job that you need it for.Some of the most common types include:

Wire cutters will be an essential part of almost every type of jewellery making. Generally speaking, one kind of wire cutter will be enough, however they can begin to wear so it is important to replace them so that they still make a sharp cut.

Round-Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

Beading Needles

If you are faced with a daunting threading task, beading needles can really come in handy.  They are particularly useful if the stringing material you are using is very flexible, as they can assist with stacking beads and threading them more than one at a time . Some needles are sturdy enough to sew through fabric, therefore can be used for embellishing clothing and accessories.

Glues & Adhesives

Another essential for many jewellery making projects are glue and adhesives. They are mainly used for fixing flatback rhinestones, cameos or cabochons to jewellery findings. You can find a number of different kinds, from  general multipurpose, which works best when attaching resin flowers to ring bases, but also for sealing the ends of cord. You can also get fabric glue that is made specifically for embellishing clothing, without it ruining the material.

To find out more about our jewellery making tools, or to find the piece that you need, visit our dedicated section on The Bead Shop website.

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