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.

How to Organize Your Beading Tool Supplies?

It might be convenient and tempting to toss all your beading tools and supplies into a giant heap in a large box after your project, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. Storing your beading supplies this way guarantees you’ll be wasting time digging for each and every item you need for your next project, or money repurchasing items you cannot find. How can you quickly and easily organize supplies for later use?

First, Organize Supplies Into Piles by Type

Group similar items together, such as:

•    Tools

•    Wires

•    Beads

•    Findings

After you have organized them into piles, seek-out appropriately sized containers for each group of objects. You can find storage options nearly anywhere, from upcycled fishing tackle boxes and food storage containers, to clear bins, jars, and multi-drawered storage boxes at your area retail, consignment, or discount store.

Ensure Items are Visible & Essential Items Conveniently Located

Use clear storage containers, or clearly label items so you can find them in a snap. Keep the items you reach for the most easily accessible and close to your work area. If you can, show them off, making a beautiful and functional space. Label absolutely everything with a label maker, permanent marker, or tape and a pen, from the items you use daily, to those you rarely use.

Get Nit Picky

Organize beads and findings into sub-types so you can find what you need in a flash. Common options for organizing beads include by:

•    Color:

Organize by color, shape, or size in a single, multi-compartment container so you can envision multiple possibilities at a glance.

Pro Tip: If you’re organizing by size, try sifting a large batch of beads through a colander can quickly help you differentiate large and small items.

•    Composition:

Storing Swarovski crystal beads separately from gold-filled beads, for example.

Don’t Let Ribbon & Chain Get Away from You

Hang spools nearby on a ribbon organizer or wooden dowel suspended between cup hooks. For smaller items, secure them in small, resealable zipper bags, likewise hanging them on the dowel.

Avoid Leaving Leave Supplies Lying Around

As soon as you’re done with something, put it away. It only takes a few seconds. This practice will help you avoid a cluttered workspace – and an overwhelmed mind. Jewelry makers are visual, and clutter disrupts the creative process.

Create a Scrapbook

Organize your design ideas and inspiration for future projects as well, sorting them into a 3-ring binder for easy reference.

Need more jewelry making supplies to complete your collection? Shop the wide assortment of wholesale beads and accessories at Crystal Findings today.

Inexpensive Sterling Silver & Gold Filled Beads! Make Unique Bracelets or Necklaces

Are you struggling to find affordable, quality jewelry you love at your area store? If the rising prices and decreasing quality of jewelry have left you frustrated, reinvest your time, effort, and money into making your own lasting jewelry creations. Jewelry making is easier than you think! With a stash of cute sterling silver and gold-filled beads, you can make your own unique bracelets and necklaces. Keep them and expand your wardrobe, or create jewelry for friends and loved ones to give as a gift over the holiday season.

Beads to Inspire Your Imagination

Crystal Findings offers an array of high-quality beads in many unique designs. With a few jewelry making supplies and a small supply of beads, you’ll be quickly on your way to creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.

•    Keep it simple with classic accents like plain sterling silver round beads and round beads with a stardust finish.

•    Put a new twist on your design with sterling silver curved tubes, rondelles, and more.

•    Find the perfect accent to a Swarovski Crystal pendant centerpiece among our array of sterling silver fancy beads.

•    Say it with love with sterling silver alphabet beads, adding inspiring quotes or staking your claim on a loved one.

•    Add a touch of exotic flair with silver Bali beads and charms.

•    Design jewelry set with matching sterling silver earrings with the help of our findings.

•    Make a design that is fun and unique with our wide array of gold-filled charms.

•    Create an elegant necklace with gold-filled drop beads.

•    Accent your artwork with classic gold-filled round beads, saucer beads, or beads with a stardust finish.

•    Add a distinctive touch with gold-filled fancy round beads.

•    Put a new twist on your design with gold-filled curved tubes, twisted corrugated beads, bone shape beads, and more.

•    Complement any design, easily creating a set of matching earrings with our gold-filled findings.

Add a Touch of Color & Shine

If you or someone you love covets color, add vibrancy and shine with our extensive selection of unique and colorful beads, including…

•    Colorful semi-precious stone beads in shades of turquoise, jade, and carnelian.

•    The variable shades &  colors of the cat’s eye beads, perfect for adding color, texture, and depth.

•    Bright, shimmering, disco ball-like Shamballa beads.

•    The shining, luminous color of lamp beads.

•    Classic and sophisticated Cloisonné and floral beads.

•    Sparkling Swarovski crystal beads in a wide assortment of sizes, colors, and shapes, including crystal pendants.

Tired of the same old, same old? Shop the wide selection of affordable beading supplies at Crystal Finding and gain inspiration today.

 

Don’t Know What Type of Wire to Use when Beading? Check out These Tips

For those new to jewelry making, the seemingly simple task of selecting beading wire can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. With so many types, sizes, and manufacturers, how can you find the right one? The tips that follow offer general guidelines (not rules), and are meant to help those new to beading avoid trial-and-error frustrations.


First Things First: Understanding Beading Wire Measurements


To make an informed decision, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with beading wire terminology and how it applies to measurements and durability:


• Beading wire diameter

Wire diameter determines the overall strength of the beading wire. The smaller the number, the wider the diameter and more durable the wire. Wire diameter will also determine what types of beads will fit on the wire. Measurements are typically given as a fraction of an inch.


• Strand number


Beading wire is actually a cable composed of multiple strands. The more strands in the wire, the more flexible it is. The smaller the number of strands, the stiffer the wire will remain. For example, 19-strand wire is more flexible than 7-strand. This is a classic more = better scenario. More flexible wire feels higher quality, whereas less flexible wire will be prone to kinking. The tradeoff is in the expense.


• Pound test strength or “break”


This number is sometimes displayed on beading wire, denoting weight tests surrounding the maximum pounds of pressure beading wire can take before breaking. The higher the number the stronger the wire.


Tips for Selecting Beading Wire by Design


Considering these aspects of your project can help you determine the best beading wire:

• What diameter are bead holes? How small/large are the beads?

– Small, lightweight beads, such as sterling silver beads and Bali beads, work well with .010-0.15-inch wire.

– Light to medium crystal and stone beads work well with medium diameter 0.15-0.21-inch wire.

– Heavy beads are best with heavier 0.24-0.36-inch wire.



• What’s your budget (or your client’s)?


– Affordable & durable for gifts, crafts: 7-strand.

– Middle-of-the-road: 14-19-strand.

– Higher-end jewelry for sale: 19-49-strand.


• Will you be using oversized beads or large crystals?

Large, heavy beads and multifaceted crystals such as Swarovski crystal beads and Swarovski crystal pendants are best strung on beading wire with a pound test strength of 26-40-pounds.


• Necklace style:

The more strands, the more wire will drape. Seven-strand wire holds its shape; whereas 49-strand is supple like string, allowing for elegant draping. Here is a general rule of thumb you can use while choosing the number of strands for your beading wire:


– Stiff, choker-style: 7-strand.

– Artful drape/movement: 19-49-strand.

– Unsure: 19-strand.


• Visibility of the wire.

If beading wire will show between beads, carefully consider the color of beading wire. Bead wire now comes in an array of colors and finishes. Carefully chosen, your wire color can showcase or enhance your bead colors.

Looking for high quality beading wire and beading supplies? Shop the wide selection of quality jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/dont-know-what-type-of-wire-to-use-when-beading-check-out-these-tips/

Why You Should Buy Wholesale Beads

Love jewelry making but wish you could find a way to cut the cost of beading supplies? You may be surprised to discover you don’t have to be a large retailer to purchase wholesale beads and jewelry making supplies. Most wholesalers have many customers who buy in small quantities. Even crafters and hobbyists can purchase beads at wholesale prices from Crystal Findings.


Why Should You Buy Wholesale Beads?


•    Wider Variety, Lower Prices


Buying beads in bulk from a wholesaler, rather than a retailer, will give you access to a greater variety of high-quality beads at a much lower price. And if you think this means millions of the same boring beads, think again. You can purchase beads wholesale in variety packs, ensuring a variety of colors, textures, and styles, sizes or choose your own in quantity or by the piece for special projects.


•    Shopping & Delivery Convenience


Save time and shop from the comfort of your home. Purchasing your beading supplies online from Crystal Findings gives you access to a wider variety of beads than your area craft store, allowing you to create beautiful, unique projects without trekking to a multitude of stores. Once you place your order, items ship quickly to your door, ensuring you don’t have to wait for your bead and gemstone orders to trickle in before you can finally begin your project. With wholesale beading supplies, you can start your project anytime, or stock your shelves for future projects throughout the year.

 

Tired of the Same Old Craft Store Fare?


Shop our fantastic variety of interesting and unique wholesale beads and find something new and exciting:

•    Swarovski Crystal Beads

Add unmatched sparkle and flair with Swarovski crystal beads and pendants.


•    Stone Beads

Our semi-precious stone beads come in a variety of colors, adding a unique, earthy feel to your jewelry designs. Use them alone, alternating colors and shapes, or pair with your favorite accent pieces such as Bali beads and gold-filled and silver charms.


•    Shamballa Beads


Shimmery and colorful, disco-ball-like  Shamballa beads make a stunning addition in any jewelry design.


•    Cloisonné Beads

Pair the colorful art of our Cloisonné beads with your favorite gold or silver beads and findings.

Tips for Gaining Additional Savings When Shopping Wholesale Beads

•    Purchase Larger Orders, Less Frequently

Rather than spending a few dollars here and there, make a list of what you need and wait. The larger the quantity of beads you purchase, the more you save.


•    Get a Tax ID

If you’re a jewelry making aficionado, an inexpensive business license and tax ID can help you save on the cost of retail taxes.


•    Shop Only Trusted Websites

Some wholesalers are less than honest, selling beads with defects, or shorting you on promised billed inventory. Shop only online wholesalers with a trusted reputation who you know will be around to handle any customer service needs.


Treat yourself to a little something new and exciting. Shop the wide variety of affordable wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/why-you-should-buy-wholesale-beads/

Buying Swarovski Crystals for Jewelry Making

Swarovski crystals beads and pendants have a well-earned reputation for their luxurious good looks, making them a popular choice in jewelry making. Unfortunately, this popularity comes at a cost in the form of subpar, unlicensed, imitation products. To protect your business’ reputation with beautiful, premium, lasting jewelry, we’ve put together these tips to ensure you get the Swarovski crystal beads and pendants you’re paying for.

How to Make Sure You’re Purchasing True Swarovski Crystal

Real Swarovski crystal beads are crystal clear, machine-cut, absolutely identical, and produced to the highest quality standards. To avoid disappointment, look for these features of a true Swarovski crystal:

1.    Look for clarity.

Like a diamond, Swarovski crystals should be brilliantly clear and bubble and blemish-free. The special proprietary formulation and manufacturing process the company uses are a secret, and cannot be duplicated by imitators. Bubbles immediately indicate a fake, as these stones would never pass Swarovski’s rigorous production demands and quality control procedures.

2.    Inspect surface luster.

The surface of Swarovski crystals should be crystal clear, with no swirl marks, oily sheen, or blemishes. Imitators often have scratches, swirl marks, a cloudy or oily sheen, and other imperfections.

3.    Confirm a uniform cut.

Swarovski crystal pendants and beads are machine cut. Each crystal should be identical and each crystal should share the same precise height, width, slope dimensions and color(s). The complicated and precise cuts of Swarovski crystals are a technological feat, with light refraction first calculated by computer, then simulated in 3-D, and later optimized and converted for precise cutting on complex and technologically advanced Swarovski machinery.

4.    Check the direction of facets.

All facets and junctures on Swarovski crystals will point up, meeting at a single, precise point, similar to the facets on a diamond. The facets of imitators will not meet in a perfect point.

5.    Expect superior sparkle.

The special glass formulation used in Swarovski crystals will outshine all beads of lesser quality. This can be easily confirmed with a side-by-side comparison to known Swaroski crystals.

6.    On arrival, inspect your crystals.

Look for signature Swarovski packaging. Bulk purchases from a jewelry making supplies wholesaler should arrive in clearly branded, sealed envelopes. The latest packaging includes a sparkling silver Swarovski hologram. When you open the envelope, make sure your crystals are not strung. Only Swarovski pearls are delivered this way.

7.    Buy from an authorized reseller.

Crystal Findings is one of America’s very few authorized Swarovski resellers, supplying you with sparkling beads, pendants, rondelles, and flat back stones in a wide variety of crystal sizes, shapes, and colors.

Don’t fall for imitators. Safeguard the future of your jewelry and your brand reputation. Shop the wide variety of certified Swarovski crystals and beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.

Do You Want to Make Jewelry?


Do you love making jewelry? If so, you can find a way to turn this hobby into a profession. You should do what you love, and if you love gold filled beads, sterling silver beads and trinkets, you need to consider a career as a jewelry craftsperson.

Sell Jewelry Online

Anyone who loves to make different kinds of jewelry can sell the pieces online. That way, you can develop a side line that could turn into a full-time occupation. You may also want to consider other bead materials such as stones or crystals. The choice is entirely up to you. You can become a jewelry designer overnight. You just need to learn how to make the art into a full-time venture. It’s easy when all your jewelry making supplies are available online.

Make the Internet as well as today’s technology work for you. Maybe you want to display your wares for people to buy. Again, you can turn to the Internet for this type of coverage. You can display all the jewelry you make from what you buy in beading supplies online. You can entice your friends to look at the selections by sharing your business with them on Facebook and introducing your website. You can also use other social media channels such as Twitter and Reddit for the same purpose.

Make the Process Fun

The whole idea of jewelry making is to make it fun. If you love to create pretty jewelry pieces, this is the way to do it. You do not have to assume a large overhead either if you take on this type of venture. All you need to do is to have a creative flair and be able to advertise your services via social media.

Once your business grows or you have more customers, you may want to advertise on sites such as Etsy or eBay. Again, you have it in your power to make a business out of jewelry making if you wish to succeed at this type of activity. You just need to know where to begin.

Realize Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Online

The best way to start the process is to go online and choose some supplies. Think about what you would like to make. By taking this initial step, you can realize your dreams as an entrepreneur. You can find an outlet for your creative skills and abilities, and you can make it happen on the Internet. Set up a website that showcases your jewelry and you will be in business almost overnight.

Take time now to go online and decide what you will offer. Look for website platforms that you can use as an online store. Make it your goal this year to become a designer – create jewelry that your friends and family will admire and love.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/do-you-want-to-make-jewelry/

Create Something Beautiful with the Best Beads and Jewelry Making Options

 

Jewelry is one of those things that is about as universal as it gets from a cultural standpoint. From the latest offerings on Madison Avenue or Bond Street, the glories of the Ancient Mediterranean, India’s rich tradition of jewelry mining and making – the list goes on and on, and it’s a spectacular list to behold! Humanity has a certain fascination with both beauty, as well as eternity, and there’s just something about a finely-crafted piece of jewelry that speaks to both ideals at once.

This extends to the beads that make up necklaces and bracelets, as well. If you’re looking to make your own elegant bracelets, necklaces, and other such jewelry options, you’ll want to seek out the best beading supplies online.

Acquiring Supplies

First thing’s first – before you can start to create the jewelry of your dreams, you’re going to have to make sure that you have the supplies necessary to make that happen. This means having the strings, fasteners, and other such items necessary to fasten fine jeweled beads into place. In addition, you’re going to want to make sure that the items you’re getting are the right size. While string and the tiny holes in beads through which it’s slipped to create bracelets and necklaces may all seem “just small,” the fact is that there are many different sizes. You don’t want your jewelry making efforts to fail because the string is too long or the holes are too big or small. That’s why a great provider of jewelry making supplies will always work to provide their clientele with a wide range of sizes, ensuring that no matter what size beads or string you need, you’re able to acquire it, and all at a great price.

Gold Options

Then there is the question of the beads themselves. Without question, beads that make use of gold are the most popular on the market. That said, there are a wide range of different sizes and styles out there. Thankfully, the best providers of jewelry supplies always supply their clients with a wide range of spiral, spherical, ornate, elegant, and other such bead options. What’s more, you can find gold filled beads that are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.

Silver Options

The same holds true for sterling silver beads. These items are extraordinarily durable, and have a quiet elegance to them which is unmistakable. What’s more, as with the gold beads, you can find and purchase them in a wide range of different sizes and styles. You can even mix and match the two for an item that’s truly unique.

Create something beautiful with the help of great providers of fantastic gold and silver beads, as well as general jewelry supplies.

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