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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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.
Create something exciting and unique. Shop wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.
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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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Are you looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one? Dazzle the ones you cherish with glittering Swarovski crystal pendants for Valentine’s Day. From the classic to the obscure, Crystal Findings carries the custom jewelry making supplies you need to ensure an extra-special holiday, instantly turning your project into a dazzling work of art with the sparkling allure of Swarovski Crystals.
Shimmering Swarovski Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Everyone
Swarovski crystal heart pendants are available in an array of distinctive designs and shades. Create a jewelry design as unique as the ones you love with Swarovski crystals…
• Swarovski heart necklace
Swarovski crystal heart pendants are available in an array of styles, sizes, and colors that are different and unique:
- Large, multifaceted clear crystal heart pendants make a stunning accent to any outfit, whether casual or formal. They are ideal for adding a subtle shine of prismatic colors, complementing any tone in the color spectrum.
- Choose AB (Aurora Borealis) crystals for a dramatically iridescent effect tinted with pink, yellow, and blue.
- Elegant and demure, the lavish matte finish of Swarovski rhinestone heart pendants imparts an understated beauty that begs to be touched.
- Whether dainty or generously proportioned, Swarovski flat heart pendants in Golden Shadow is one of the most popular Swarovski hues, complementing a multitude of colors beautifully.
• Swarovski bracelets
Devise a colorful and fun bracelet for your daughter or granddaughter with Swarovski crystal heart beads interlaced between silver or gold filled beads and findings, creating a memorable memento of your love.
• Swarovski earrings
Design a set of striking and unique Swarovski pendant earrings, or for those that prefer a more classic look, Swarovski flat back stone posts.
• Swarovski cufflinks
Men like to shine too, and what greater gift for the one you love than genuine Swarovski cufflinks in geometric shapes and masculine tones of Jet, Copper, or Golden Shadow.
• Swarovski family tree
Choose your favorite shapes of Swarovski crystal beads or pendants in birthstone colors, creating a one-of-a-kind family treasure, showcasing children, parents, and lost loved ones. In any color combination, Swarovski crystal birthstones make a stunning gift.
• Swarovski pearls
Whether used to add a touch of subtle sophistication to your favorite Swarovski pendant or standing on their own, the soft, opaque hues and opalescent luster of Swarovski pearls are coveted by all generations, whether in classic round or uniquely curved shapes.
Create a design that is as exceptional as your love with the radiance and beauty of certified Swarovski crystal pendants. Shop the vast selection of wholesale beading supplies at Crystal Findings today.
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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:
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:
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.
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.
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Stunning Looks at an Affordable Price
With a reasonable price, Swarovski jewelry is attainable to broad scope of consumers. Less expensive than precious stones, yet offering the stunning brilliance customers covet, Swarovski jewelry delivers beautiful, multi-faceted sparkle at a price that’s right. Perfectly cut and clear to maximize refraction, the web of rainbow-hued light of Swarovski jewelry is available to the masses, inspiring jewelry-jealousy and moving jewelry and fashion enthusiasts to get their hands on the latest Swarovski designs.
Wide Range of Sizes, Designs, & Colors
The Swarovski Company knows how to make crystal beads that appeal to a wide group of customers. Swarovski crystals are available in a rainbow of hues and designs, including:
• A variety of bead shapes and sizes:
- Round Swarovski beads
- Swarovski crystal helix beads
- Swarovski disco beads
- Bi-cone Swarovski beads
- Briolette beads
- Modular Swarovski beads
- Keystone beads
- Ovals & polygons
- Swarovski spacer rondelle beads
- Swarovski drop beads
- Graphic,galactic,aquiline, and cosmic bead styles
- Crystal square beads
- Swarovski hearts, flowers, and butterflies
- And more!
‘Bling’ is ever-present in today’s clothing, jewelry, and accessory designs. Well-known celebrities are commissioning entire dresses and jewelry designed with Swarovski crystals. At many shows, releases, and awards events, celebrities are making statements with Swarovski. Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, and even Samuel L. Jackson have shown off Swarovski crystal clothing and accessories. This has kept the sparkling stones in the public eye and made them a desirable fashion centerpiece.
Swarovski crystal beads pair well with a variety of co-stars, including sterling silver beads, gold-filled beads, squaredelles, and other beading favorites, allowing for an endless variety of brilliant, sparkling jewelry designs.
Constant Stream of New Designs
Because the Swarovski Company is constantly introducing new designs, their products remain relevant. Swarovski promotions inspire new, consumer and designer-inspired product ideas, with debates over potential Swarovski bead introduction ongoing. The company’s willingness to listen to customer feedback gives them widespread popularity among buyers.
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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.
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