Want To Try Jewellery Making At Home? Here’s How To Get Started

Are you looking for a new and exciting craft to pass the time? After weeks of COVID-19 lockdowns, jewelry making has become a popular home hobby. Affordable and easy, handmade jewelry is a beautiful gift for people of all ages, brightening the day for those in your life feeling alone or out of touch. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to begin this hobby. What do you need?

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:

Bead cord

Available in multiple colors, affordable, and easy to use.

Clear stretch magic elastic jewelry cord

Clear, stretchy, and strong, this is a great multifunctional solution.

Tiger tail wire

Ideal for heavy weight beads such as stone.

Soft flex beading wire

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:

Alphabet beads

• 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.

Add a little sparkle to your daily routine with jewelry making at home. Shop the affordable collection of jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

Leftover Beads? Try These Unique Beading Projects!

Leftover beads? These simple and unique beading projects can help you utilize your ever-growing collection of beading odds and ends.

10 Great Beading Projects for Leftover Beads

1.    Beaded Earrings

Because it takes relatively few beads to make earrings, earring projects are a great way to put leftover beads to good use, especially sparkly statement pieces like Shamballa beads. As an added bonus, these make great last-minute gifts for family and friends.

2.    Beaded Bookmark

Make a pretty beaded wax linen twin bookmark from odd beads from yourself or the avid reader in your life. This simple project takes only about 10-minutes, making them a fantastic project for children or any potential new jewelry makers in your life.

3.    Burlap Curtain Tie-Backs or Napkin Rings

Spruce up your curtains or dining room table with stretchy strings of your leftover beads. Have a little extra time and quite a few extra beads? Add a beaded fringe to your drapes or make a full beaded curtain for budding bohemians.

4.    Wine Glass Beaded Charms

Enjoy a glass of wine while making charms for your stemware. Wine glass beaded charms are a great way to mark glasses. Make color variations from leftover beads for dinner parties, or put those alphabet beads to good use for your next family gathering.

5.    Beaded Barrettes

A few bobby pins and a bit of glue and you can turn just a few leftover beads into a fun hair accessory for children or friends and minutes.

6.    Beaded Insects

Dresser or desk less than inspiring? Top it off with a conversation piece. Create your own beaded spider or dragonfly. A quick Google will have you on your way to a unique beaded centerpiece in no time.

7.    Beaded Wind Chime or Sun Catcher

Artfully arrange your assortment of leftover stone beads into a unique and sparkling sun catcher or set of wind chimes for your yard.

8.    Beaded Candleholder

Drape fringes of beads surrounding a mason jar or string and glue beads around a simple glass votive or pillar candle holder to make a colorful home accent piece.

9.    Holiday Ornaments

Your imagination is the limit for turning your leftover beads into a fun or stunning holiday ornament. Shape with craft wire, create a wrap, or simply glue to a frosted glass ball.

10.    Beaded Art

Lose the wire and string and grab a tube of glue, turning your leftover beads into art atop a photo frame, mirror, or into a collage. A fun project with or without the kids for the artistically inclined.

Out of ideas? We’ve got more than a few. Shop the wide selection of wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings, or peruse our blog for inspiration today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/leftover-beads-try-these-unique-beading-projects/

Personalized Jewelry for Moms: Ideas for Mother’s Day


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Banish boring Mother’s Day gifts with uniquely made personalized jewelry. Check out these 8 exciting jewelry design ideas. You may just want one for yourself.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Sunday, May 12th of this year, moms everywhere will excitedly open their Mother’s Day gifts. Will your custom-made Mother’s Day jewelry shine center stage? Custom pieces are highly coveted these days, from celebrity to suburban moms, who love showcasing their shiny and sparkly customized kiddie coordinates. We’ve gathered some of our favorite options to inspire you. But buyer beware: You just may want one for yourself.

Personalized Mother’s Day Jewelry Design Ideas

Whether you are an individual who loves jewelry making, or an entrepreneur who crafts fine keepsake jewelry for others to enjoy, there are a number of options for creating a unique Mother’s Day jewelry design:

• Give Mom a Hug & Kiss

Shower mom with kisses and hugs, and maybe a little sparkle too, with an Xs and Os alphabet beads bracelet adorned with birthstones or clear, shimmering crystals.

• Make Your Mark

‘Mom’ jewelry always appeals. Especially when customized with initials or birthstone, inviting others to inquire about the family. Combine the initials of each child on a necklace or bracelet, alone or paired with a matching birthstone, using our premium quality glass, gold, and sterling silver alphabet beads. Lots of children? Pair things down with a simple ‘MOM’ piece.

• Showcase Your Personality

Sweetly remind mom of her most treasured gifts with a glistening birthstone necklace, bracelet, or ring. An ideal gift not only for Mother’s Day, but any occasion. Add the sparkling facets of similar Swarovski crystal stones, or choose from our wide array of semi-precious stone beads.

• Add a Little Sparkle

Show how her much she means with a stunning Swarovski pendant, necklace or bracelet adorned with Swarovski crystal beads in birthstone shades, or add a little sparkle and shine to any piece with our amazing selection of Swarovski rondelles and squaredelles.

• Give Mom a Bouquet

Create a bouquet that lasts, with our unique floral beads and cloisonné beads, available in an array of colors for cheerful spring tones to deep jeweled hues.

• Put a Name on It

Create a custom gold or silver nameplate piece for ‘Mom’ alone or adorned with birthstones or crystals.

• Emanate Mom’s Elegance

With a uniquely necklace showcasing a pearl or drop bead for each special member of the family. Choose from Swarovski’s latest pearl additions, or glowing gold or sterling silver beads. Add uniformly sized beads, or a different size for each family member, from oldest to youngest.

• Show Mom She Has Your Heart

Show mom she has your heart always with a heart-shaped Swarovski crystal pendant, gold-filled heart charm necklace or bracelet.

Short on Time? Shop Our Spectacular Ready-Made Jewelry

Including our collections of ready-made necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and anklets.

Treat Mom to personalized jewelry that she’ll cherish for years to come. Create something as unique and special as the mothers that grace your life. Shop the wide selection of fine jewelry making beads and supplies at Crystal Findings today.

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