Essential Techniques: Findings 3 – Bits & Bobs

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This is a list of all the other findings that you will come across when looking for jewellery making supplies.

jumprings

 

JUMPRINGS

Rings come in every size you can think of and many colours. When starting out buy your rings ready-made but as you progress think about making your own. Colour shown antique copper.

headpins

 

HEADPINS

These are pieces of wire with a flat or ball end. Used with beads, you make a loop at the end to attach them to jewellery. Colour shown antique black.

eyepins

 

EYEPINS

These are pieces of wire with a loop at one end, once beads are strung on the wire another loop is made in the opposite end. They can then be attached together to make a chain.

earwire

 

EARWIRES

Earwires come in various styles, from a simple ‘U’ shape with a loop to the one pictured with a bead and coil finish. The loop is open to take the earring piece.

kidney wires

 

KIDNEY WIRES

These wires can be used as a feature for earrings and come in different sizes, currently in fashion are the really long ones. The earring piece hangs from the U loop at the front.

Postback

 

POST & BACK

Posts come with either a bead and open loop or with a blank disc front. The disc ones are used with glue. Often supplied with butterfly/scroll backs.

crimps covers

 

CRIMPS & COVERS

Crimps are tiny tubes that secure beads to threads or threads to necklace ends. Covers are used to give them a nicer look on the finished piece.

split rings

 

SPLIT RING

These are like tiny versions of the rings we all keep keys on. They are used opposite clasps and purpose made pliers are available to help open them when attaching to pieces.

bails

 

BAILS

Available in a vast range of styles from a simple triangle of wire to very elaborate designs. They are used to hang pendant pieces from necklaces or earring wires.

wire guardians

 

WIRE GUARDIAN

Guardians are a great little tool to stop fine thread from wearing against clasps or jumprings. The thread is looped through the guardian and protected.

bead caps

 

BEAD CAPS

Not really in this category, bead caps are worth a mention as they add a really nice finish to large beads as they add decoration to each side of the bead.

beadboard

 

BEAD BOARD

Use a board to help you design your necklace or bracelet by laying out the design in the groove provided. This board also helps to show how long the finished piece will be.

bead mat

 

BEADING MATS

A must have item at the start of your hobby, these mats stop beads from rolling away. They are the best way to avoid spending all your time on the floor chasing runaways!

glue

 

GLUES

There are many types of glue available. Research what you need the glue to do. Do not use ‘super glues’ on elastic cord as they corrode the cords over time.

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  • Date 23rd June 2016
  • Tags Essential Techniques
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