Basic Supplies for Making Jewelry and Beading Projects

By Heather Dismore

Part of Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies Cheat Sheet

With just a few basic tools for making jewelry and beading projects, you can create items that are wildly artistic, classically elegant, or something in-between. Whatever your style, these are your must-have jewelry and beading tools and accessories:

  • Wire cutters

  • Round-nose pliers

  • Flat-nose pliers

  • Crimping tool (crimp pliers)

  • Bead organizer with a variety of glass beads

  • Beading cord or thread

  • Memory wire

  • Big-eye beading needle

  • Assorted earwires

  • Assorted clasps

  • Assorted headpins and eyepins

  • Crimp beads

  • Ruler or tape measure

  • Strong adhesive, like E-6000