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Making your own jewelry

Do you ever walk around town looking for jewelry that matches your newly bought outfit? Sometimes it can be hard to find the right match. In that case, making your own jewelry is a good option. You can customize the jewelry based on your own preferences and therefore make it match your new outfit perfectly. Making your own jewelry isn’t hard, but you should know what materials and tools are needed. In this blog, we will explain which materials and tools you should have at home to create the perfect jewelry.


Basic tools

Two basic tools are a must-have when creating your own jewelry: cutting pliers and a bead board.

Cutting pliers

The most important tool for making jewelry are pliers. Three basic pliers are a must when starting to create your own necklace, bracelet or earrings. The three needed pliers are cutting pliers, flat nose pliers and round nose pliers. The cutting pliers can be used for all cutting when making your own jewelry. For example cutting your wire or cord. The flat nose pliers have two flat sides. These flat sides give extra grip which allows you to easily press the beads. Additionally, these flat nose pliers have a cutting part. Last but not least, round nose pliers can be used for shaping wire. With the two pointed ends, these are the right pliers to perfectly shape your jewelry.

Bead board

A bead board is a must-have tool when making your own jewelry. It has multiple sorting boxes to store and separate your materials. Additionally, the bead board consists of a helpful measurement, which is used to easily measure the length of your jewelry.


Basic materials

Next to the tools we mentioned, a couple of basic materials are essential when making your own jewelry. Whether you are planning to make a necklace, bracelet or earrings, some items cannot be missed. Therefore, this is a list of other basic items you should have at home when making your new jewelry:

  • Elastic thread
  • Jewelry wire
  • Jump rings
  • Extension chain
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp bead covers
  • Knot covers
  • Head pins
  • Eyepins
  • Lobsters clasps
  • Toggle clasps


Now that you know which jewelry findings and beading supplies are necessary when making jewelry, you can start being creative and make the jewelry that perfectly matches your new outfit!

Is this the first time you are going to make jewelry? If you don’t have the mentioned materials, a starter kit could be a good option to start with. Different jewellery making starter kits exist. You can choose between stainless steel, gold, bronze and antique silver.