Jewelry Making Tools You Need to Get Started
Whether you prefer stringing beads or using beading wire, these beading tools are a must for making jewelry.
• Wire cutters
Use these to cut stringing wire and eye/headpins.
• Bead stoppers
To hold beads in place.
• Flat nose pliers
For gripping wire.
• Chain nose pliers
These specialized pliers allow you to grip wire without leaving a mark.
• Round nose pliers
Used for creating loops and other round elements with beading wire.
• Crimping tools
For securing clasps onto beading wire, and also for flattening/rounding crimp beads onto beading wire safely, without creating sharp edges.
String, Cords, and Wire
The choice of bead cord or wire often comes down to personal preference and style. Crystal Findings offers a number of styles to suit your needs, including:
Available in multiple colors, affordable, and easy to use.
Clear, stretchy, and strong, this is a great multifunctional solution.
Ideal for heavy weight beads such as stone.
This coated wire is available in various sizes and colors. It is a great solution for crystal, stone beads, Swarovski pearls, and when creating illusion necklaces.
Wire size is based on gauge – the higher the number, the thinner the wire.
• 24, 26 gauge: for beads with small holes like pearls
• 21, 22 gauge: a versatile size that fits most beads
• 20 gauge wire: strong; good for making clasps
Choosing Your Beads
There are many different types of beads and findings used for beaded jewelry. You can purchase some of your favorites, creating your own personal style, look to YouTube and Google for design ideas, or simply shop clearance beads and findings, getting creative with your jewelry pieces and stretching your dollar. Some of our most popular choices include:
• Sparkling gold filled and sterling silver beads and findings
• Semi-precious stone beads
• Colorful glass cat’s eye beads
• Shimmering Shamballa beads
• Sparkling Swarovski crystal beads and pendants
• Artfully adorned Cloisonné beads
Time to Bead
There are many paths you can take to begin your beading journey. Many start with trial and error; however, with the glut of YouTube tutorials and Pinterest posts out there, there’s no need to fly blind. Simply choose your preferred method of learning and immerse yourself in a project.
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Jewelry Making Supplies Needed:
• About 12 feet of hemp, linen, cotton, or other bead cord.
• Any kinds of beads you prefer, provided they are large enough for two strands of cord to fit through.
• Clipboard or board and binder clip
• Flat or chain-nose pliers
How to Make a Shamballa Macramé Bracelet
1. Cut two 2-foot pieces of cord and one 6-foot piece of cord. Clip the two anchor cords to your clipboard or board and binder clip work surface, leaving 8-inch tails. Center the long cord, perpendicularly, under the two anchors.
2. Grab the long cord on the right side, looping it over the anchor cords, placing the right end over the left end.
3. Next, bring the left end under the anchor cords and up through the loop on the right.
4. Pull to tighten, creating one-half of a square knot. The second half is done the same, but beginning from the left: Left end over the anchors, under the right end. Right end under the anchors, through the left loop. Pull tight. You should now have a complete square knot.
5. Repeat this process until you have the number of knots you prefer between beads. Pro tip: Odd numbers of knots look best.
6. Continue tying the knots, placing beads in between, until your bracelet is the desired length.
7. To finish the design, sew the tails up through the last section of knots, using pliers to assist you in pulling the need through.
8. Snip off the ends cleanly.
9. To make the sliding clasp, form your bracelet into a circle, overlapping the anchor cords. Temporarily tie the anchor cords together with a bit of cord.
10. Clip the top to your clipboard or board and binder clip work surface. Cut a 12-inch piece of cord, centering it beneath your four anchor cords. Tie square knots as you did to create the original bracelet. Continue for ½-inch. Then, sew the ends back in. This section of knots will be able to slide back and forth on the anchor cords.
11. Take the tail knots, making slip knots 1-2-inches away from the clasp on each pair of anchor ends. You can add beads here, too. These will act as stoppers, preventing the ends don’t slide out of the clasp. Leave enough length so you can loosen the bracelet enough to fit it over your hand.
12. Repeat the process many times, making personalized Shamballa macramé bracelets for your family and friends!
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Those that adore the classic looks of pearls will fall in love with Swarovski crystal pearls. A surprising realistic imitation pearl, Swarovski pearls are a reasonably priced, infinitely more durable alternative to the real thing.
They’ll Never Know
Like genuine cultured pearls, the temperature of Swarovski pearls changes to reflect that of the wearer. Boasting the realistic color, luster, and feel jewelry lovers cherish in genuine pearls. Whether used to create classic necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, or bridalwear, Swarovski crystal pearls are hard to tell apart.
How Swarovski Crystal Pearls are Made
Each Swarovski pearl begins with a genuine Swarovski crystal bead at its center, giving it the perfect size and weight. This crystal base sets these imitation pearls apart, giving it a more luminous appearance than plastic imitation pearls, with a flawless surface and perfect curves. Each crystal sphere is layered with several coats of mother of pearl, creating a surprisingly realistic imitation.
Telling the Difference Between Swarovski Pearls, Genuine Pearls & Other Imitators
Without attempting to chisel off the coating – which we would not recommend – it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between Swarovski crystal pearls and genuine pearls. Knock-off Swarovski pearls are much easier to sight. Simply look for signs of uneven shape and coloration, rough surfacing or surface imperfections, and stones that are easily scratched. Fortunately, it’s easy to ensure you’re purchasing genuine Swarovski pearls: Purchase them from a verified wholesaler/, like Crystal Findings.
Advantages of Swarovski Simulated Pearls
Unlike plastic imitation pearls, which quickly lose their costing with contact with perspiration or perfume, and easily scratch, Swarovski pearls are washable and resistant to such damage.
Dozens of Pearl Colors
Swarovski crystal pearls can in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, mimicking genuine pearls, from classic white and gold, to the rare black pearl and stunning luminescent hues of deep brown, rose, greens, and blues. Metallic pearlized designs are also popular, in shades of gold, bronze, copper, and antique brass. Crystal Findings offers a variety of popular styles and sizes, including:
• Swarovski round pearls in 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 mm sizes in a multitude of colors.
• Swarovski curved pearls in several elegant shades.
• Swarovski pear-shaped pearls in a variety of colors.
Swarovski crystal pearls are reasonably priced, with loose Swarovski pearls selling for $5-40 per 100 pieces, depending on stone size. Shop our factory packs, purchasing in bulk to enjoy significant discounts. Our clearance sales also offer significant savings, and frequently include Swarovski crystals and pearls. Check regularly so you don’t miss out!
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What are the Various Methods to Apply Swarovski Pearls & Crystals?
• Sewing & Embroidering
Swarovski pearls and crystals can be applied by household or industrial sewing or embroidery machines, as well as by hand using synthetic multifilament threads with a Nm 50-80 thread count using a straight-stitch for multi-row or zigzag stitch for single-row products.
It’s easy to glue Swarovski crystal and pearls to a wide range of materials, including fashion and home décor products. To ensure a strong bond, Swarovski-brand glues are recommended. These two-component, epoxy resin systems work for foiled/unfoiled products, forming a strong bond when applied in the correct order. Although, for some materials, cavity production using drilling/milling may also be necessary for a lasting bond.
Hotfix provides a fast, secure application that is permanent and wash-resistant with proper care. It is the perfect choice for interior décor, textiles, and accessories. Hotfix Swarovski pearls and crystals are backed with a coating of hot-melt glue. When activated and melted, it quickly penetrates materials, hardening as it cools.
• Mechanical Application
Mechanical application of Swarovski rivets, rose pins, and 3D studs are simple and easy with fly-press or semi-automated machines.
• Soldering, Plating & Stone Setting
Swarovski stones may also be soldered, plated, or set into place with the right jewelry making supplies, allowing you to create state-of-the-art accessories.
This new, high-performance, specialized application method uses a two-component ceramic epoxy composite designed exclusively for use with foiled and unfoiled Swarovski crystals and pearls. This adhesive allows for the application of Swarovski products to metal, wood, porcelain, glass, crystal, metal, rubber, cork, and some gluable plastic materials. It even allows for the application of stones and pearls to 3D surfaces, given proper surface tension. Ceralun resists perspiration, humidity, and temperature changes without showing signs of aging.
• Other Applications
These application methods are just the start! Swarovski products can also be applied when knitting, weaving, crocheting, threading, and wire working.
What Could You Create Using a Different Application Method?
• Add sparkle and shine to a dress, blouse, or scarf.
• Fashion a pair of shimmering shoes.
• Make a luxe purse for someone you love.
• Create a glittering wine glass for your favorite connoisseur.
• Devise dazzling décor, applying glistening crystals to a vase or photo frame.
• Craft sparkling curtains, tiebacks, and more from shimmering Swarovski stones.
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Swarovski Crystals are Beautiful and Affordable
Swarovski crystals possess the same luxurious shimmer like diamonds, and often called “simulated diamonds” as a result. However, these sparkling manmade stones are not diamonds, making them far more affordable in price.
Swarovski Designs Offer Premium Quality that Last
Swarovski crystals are the highest quality crystal pendants and beads you can find on the market today. The beautiful, lasting designs of Swarovski crystals are formed from the ideal combination of natural minerals and quartz sand and precisely cut using a hydroelectric machine. However, the exact process of creating these world-renowned crystals remains a coveted industry secret.
Swarovski Pendants and Beads are a Versatile Addition to Your Beading Stock
Swarovski crystals make for great wholesale fashion designs you can add to your inventory. They are the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to any design. Women love to wear the shimmering, multifaceted stones, which come in many different colors, effects, and coatings, making them the ideal accent for pairing with fashions from casual daywear to elegant eveningwear.
The Swarovski Product Line Continues to Expand
Swarovski offers an amazing selection of crystal types, styles, and colors, and is continually putting customer feedback to use to come up with new crystal designs. To date, the Swarovski crystal line includes:
• Swarovski Crystal Pendants
Swarovski crystal pendants are the ultimate design centerpiece, and are available in nearly every shape imaginable, from classic hearts and teardrop pendants to unique cubist and galactic stones.
• Swarovski Rondelles & Balls
Swarovski rondelles and balls are the perfect way to add a subtle shimmer or accent your design.
• Swarovski Crystal Beads & Flat Back Stones
Don’t fall for imitations, our expansive selection of genuine Swarovski crystal beads and flat back stones, perfect for complementing your designs, ensure lasting jewelry design and customer loyalty.
• Swarovski Pearls
The classic looks of Swarovski pearls resist perspiration, perfume, sunlight, and washing. Featuring a Swarovski crystal center and layered with several coats of a mother of pearl, they are durable and beautiful, making them ideal for daily wear.
Swarovski Crystal are Easy to Maintain
Unlike diamonds, Swarovski glass crystals do not require professional cleaning. They are easily cared for with a lint-free cloth and warm water, polished in circular motions to sparkling. For stubborn oils and dirt, a soft-bristled toothbrush, warm water, and a small drop of mild dish soap can return the brilliant shine of the stones.
Swarovski Crystals are Replacing Diamonds in the Market
Beautiful and affordable, many customers are turning to Swarovski crystals over more diamond jewelry. From daily wear to bridal jewelry, these crystals offer such incomparable beauty, it’s hard to pass them up for pricey diamond designs.
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Stock Up So You Can Keep Up with these HUGELY Popular 2020 Jewelry Trends
• Bold An Funky
Hoops never go out of style, and this season’s hoops are big and bold, putting unique takes on funky classics with unexpected shapes and eccentric combinations. How will you personalize our sterling silver and gold-filled endless hoops?
• Layered Pieces
Simple, single strands are being crowded out by multiple layers of jewelry, such as layers of bold, chunky stone beads in different colors, or a few strands of multicolored metallics in different lengths.
• Mix & Match Earrings
Forget matchy-matchy designs. Mix and match earrings are where it’s at for 2020 if you want to stay ahead of the game. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes, such as studs and hoops, or mixed metals. Look to Adeam, who favored this style in her Fall 2019 collection for inspiration.
Both intricate and simple beach-inspired designs are also on trend this year, such as shimmering Swarovski starfish pendants and pearls, and dolphin, shell pendant or charm additions paired with bold colored or intricate designs.
• Warm Gemstones
Warm colored gemstones are taking over this year. Find the season’s hottest colors in shimmering Swarovski crystal pendants, flat back stones, and other gemstone beads in shades of champagne, gold, turmeric, citrine, orange, reds, and neutral chocolate browns. Pair this trend with others on this list, or create your own unique style, for a truly trendy look.
Classic pearls go beyond celebrity galas and formal events. This previously traditional look is undergoing a funky transformation in 2020, from simple strings to extravagant designs. Create your own with stunning Swarovski pearls, creating interesting hoops that extend to ear cuffs, or creating sophisticated, multilayered stacked designs using strings of different sizes. Move beyond classic colors, embracing vibrant variations or mixing pearls with gold.
• Personalized Nameplates
Hello 90s! Nameplates are back! Spell out your name, your story, zodiac sign, mood, life’s goals, showcasing them around your neck.
• Chunky and Bold gold-filled Chains
Like a flashback to Mr. T’s 80s persona, thick gold-filled chains are also back, making a retro statement around the neck or wrists. Don’t be afraid to go big with links. Such large, fun flair can really pull together even the most modest outfit.
2020 jewelry trends have a lot of inspiration to offer. Which ones are calling to you? Stock up for an exciting new decade of jewelry design. Shop our catalog of beautiful, affordable wholesale beads and supplies online at Crystal Findings today.
1. Sterling silver beads are formed from a mixture of metals.
Sterling silver is an alloy, or mixture of metals. To bear the “sterling silver” namesake, sterling silver beads and findings include a blend of 92.5% silver, as well as several other metals (or combinations of metals). The most common combination is silver and copper, though composition may vary.
2. Sterling silver is stronger than 100% pure silver.
Because silver is a soft metal, it’s prone to dents, scratches, and warping. For jewelry that sees frequent use, that won’t do. Adding copper and other metals to silver makes it harder and more durable, while still maintaining its beauty and value.
3. Sterling silver bears markings of origin and authenticity.
Assayer’s marks denote the origins of each piece of sterling silver, bearing animals and other symbols that signify the country in which each item was made. In addition to this, sterling silver pieces will also boast a number showcasing purity, usually “925,” which stands for 92.5% silver.
4. The value of sterling silver fluctuates.
Though it’s not a pure precious metal, the value of sterling silver changes based on the market price of silver due to the alloy’s high silver content.
5. Sterling silver can tarnish.
While adding copper and other metals to form sterling silver imbues strength, it also makes it more prone to tarnishing with oxygen exposure. Fortunately, you can keep sterling silver jewelry looking its best with regular cleaning with a soft microfiber cloth and nonabrasive polish.
6. Some chemicals can damage the sterling silver.
Always take off your jewelry when swimming in a chlorinated pool or cleaning with bleach, as these chemicals corrode silver. Long-term exposure to sunlight, salt water, perfume, and hairspray also accelerate corrosion. Be mindful of activities before donning your sterling silver creations.
7. Proper storage can prevent tarnishing.
Storing sterling silver jewelry in sealable polyurethane bags, or with desiccants, can prevent tarnishing from humidity and oxygen exposure.
8. Sterling silver can irritate the skin.
Fortunately, flashing with a thin layer of pure silver, plating, and other coatings can damper irritation.
Ready to Design with Sterling Silver?
With proper care, sterling silver can last a lifetime – or longer. Create jewelry designs that will stand the test of time with our wide variety of sterling silver offerings, including: