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What Tools Do I Need To Start Beading?

Beading is a specific branch of jewellery crafting not everyone is familiar with, yet you can make some wonderful things once you get the hang of it. To start beading, you will need a variety of tools and supplies, which we will discuss in a little more detail in this article.

What Tools Are An Absolute Must To Start Beading?

As you may know, each craft has some essential and some non-essential tools. While the non-essential tools can make your craft a little easier, they are not absolutely necessary to get you started. So, it is often a good idea to look into non-essential tools once you have become familiar with the beading process and developed your own technique.

So, which beading tools are essential for a beginner? Well, you will need two pairs of pliers, some wire cutters, and a good pair of scissors to get you started. Ideally, you want to obtain some needle-nose and chain-nose pliers.

When choosing your tools for beading, always make sure the pliers have a comfortable grip. Beading is quite heavy on the hands and can be performed for several hours. Thus, you can make things a little easier by choosing pliers with a comfortable grip.

Should I Obtain A Starter Beading Kit As A Beginner?

If you find the process of getting all your supplies at once a little overwhelming, there is an alternative in the form of a starter beading kit. The starter beading kit will contain all the essential tools you need and often turns out more affordable than if you were to buy the tools individually.

In addition to being more affordable and easier to obtain, a beading starter kit also enables you to look at other techniques of jewellery making, as most of these kits contain tools to practice other techniques.

When it comes to starter kits, there is only real downside. You do not have control on the individual tools and how they are designed. As we mentioned earlier, some pliers are easier to handle than others. So, if you find the one in your starter kit a little uncomfortable after some time, you might have to buy an upgrade somewhere down the line.

Why Do I Need Wire Cutters For Beading Projects?

Many people wonder why they need a pair of wire cutters and why they cannot just use a pair of general-purpose scissors. The answer is quite simple, because wire cutters are used for more than cutting a simple piece of string.

If you intend to work with head pins and eye pins, a wire cutter will become your new best friend. This tool is perfect to cut the ends of those pins, saving you a lot of time and hassle.

Please note that wire cutters are also essential to cut the wire in some of your more metal-based projects. For example, if you intend to make a wire pendant, you will need a pair of wire cutters to cut through the wire.

Why Are Needle-Nose Pliers An Essential For Beading?

Many wonder why one would need a very specific pair of pliers such as needle-nose pliers for beading. Once again, this tool is incredibly versatile and will be implemented for loads of actions during the beading process.

Crafters will use their needle-nose pliers to get a hold of both beads and wire. It is also used to bend the wire, enabling you to make more intricate designs if you use metal. In addition to that, you can also open and close any jump rings you decide to implement in your design.

Why Do I Need Chain-Nose Pliers?

The last essential tool we mentioned in this overview was a pair of chain-nose pliers. Much like the previously mentioned needle-nose pliers, your chain-nose pliers will be used for gripping your beads as well as opening and closing jump rings you implement in your designs. In addition to that, chain-nose pliers can also help to tighten certain metal parts on your jewellery design.

Do you need the supplies mentioned in this overview? Check out our range of beading tools and accessories and add everything you need to your collection for an affordable price.

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