If you are going to start a jewelry-making business and don’t have any knowledge about jewelry-making supplies, then this article might be helpful for you. To understand jewelry-making supplies, you should know about the tools used and the jewelry-making findings. Before you purchase jewelry-making supplies and invest a lot in them, you should know what tools you are going to need and purchase only the most essential tools that would be required at the starting of your jewelry-making process, you’ll need more tools when you gain skills. Commonly, three tools can be required to assemble necklaces, bracelets, and earrings: –
The chain-nose pliers contain a flat surface that gives perfect grip without leaving marks or ridges. The jaws of chain-nose pliers are shorter and the surface inside the jaw is smooth due to which it does not leave any scratches on your wire. It is commonly used for bending, straightening, and gripping the wire, headpins, and eye pins; and opening and closing of jump rings and earrings wires.
This tool is very essential for jewelry makers and is used to cut headpins, eye pins, and stringing wire. This tool is available in good quality as well as poor quality, the cheap ones can be worn out easily when trying to cut thicker wire. So before purchasing, make sure that the quality of the tool should be good. It might be possible that this tool is already available in your home as it is found in almost every toolkit.
These pliers are especially used in the jewelry-making process, the jaws have a smooth surface and taper towards the tips. It is commonly used in forming loops and making bends in wire, and the size of the wire loop can be adjusted upon where the wire is placed on the nose.
Jewelry Making Findings
These include bails, clasps, jump rings, connectors, or headpins, and eye pins, it is important to know their use according to your jewelry piece. These findings are available in different metal finishes such as gold tone, silver tone, copper, antique silver, antique brass, and gun-metal. Some common jewelry findings and their uses are as given: –
It is a component that is used to attach a pendant or stone to the chain or necklace, it provides a way to attach a pendant to the chain without soldering. Bails are available in a variety of metals such as sterling silver, brass, gold, etc., in different sizes and styles.
As its name suggests that the wire is used for making earrings. You can make the ear wire by using a headpin. The ear wires are best used for light-weighted earrings. For those who lose earrings a lot, can use a lever back, it closes the earring so that it cannot slip off.
Headpins have a flat surface at one end, this head can be used to stop the bead or to hold it in place. These are mostly used for making earrings dangles, drops, and pendants.
Eye pins have a loop at one end and can be used to make links for longer pieces of jewelry. These are used for making beaded charms and dangles, creating links to make a chain, and connecting separate jewelry components.
Jump rings are used for connecting different jewelry pieces and perfect for connecting a clasp, ear wire, or pendant. Jump rings are of two types – open and closed; there is no opening in close jump rings and is used for making permanent designs whether close jump rings can be opened or closed. Jump rings can be used to increase the length or to make a chain, and it also gives flexibility when designing.
A clasp is a component that is used to close two ends together and is available in a variety of shapes and styles, namely toggle clasps, lobster clasps, multi-strand clasps, magnetic clasps, hook, and eye clasps, and many more. You can choose depending on your need and type of jewelry like toggle clasp has a “T” shaped end and another end that is round-shaped, the bar slips through the open shape and locks in place. The toggle clasp is best suited for bracelets and heavy jewelry pieces as heavyweight prevent it from slipping back.
While purchasing jewelry-making supplies, you should gain some knowledge about the uses and needs of jewelry-making supplies. You can either purchase it from a nearby craft store or order it online. For ordering online be sure to check the shipping and handling fees carefully. Jewelry-making supplies are essential components of making jewelry, so you can have them in stock, it will be more beneficial as it is more expensive to purchase according to your use.