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How to start making Beads: Materials & Tools

Bead Making as a craft requires a few basic materials. here we will take a quick look at some of the most common materials and tools you will need to become a Bead-maker.

  • Bead box

A Bead box is a box containing different sizes and colours for boards.

  • Design Boards

A Design board is simply a board in which the design in progress is placed.

  • Pliers

Pliers are needed. They come in different shapes. We have the Round nosed, Flat nosed, and cutter-like Pliers.

  • Hooks

for necklace and bracelets 

  • Eartops

to develop earrings. 

  • Needles

Headpins and Eyepins for earrings, etc

  • Tiger Tail

they come in black, gold and silver.

  • Broche Clip

for broches.

  • Memory wire

for bracelets.

  • Fishing Line

they come in 0.20mm, 0.25mm, 0.30mm, 0.35mm, 0.40mm, 0.45mm, 0.50mm, 0.60mm, 0.70mm, 0.80mm, etc.  Dividers: to help with proper layout.

  • Calottes

for closing tiger-tail and fishing line.

  • Pipes

accessorize with other beads.

  • Wheels

also an accessory.

  • Stoppers

to stop beads from falling.

  • Ring plates

to build rings on.