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What Kind of Jewelry Supplies To Buy

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What Kind of Jewelry Supplies To Buy

Here is a bit of jewelry tool vocabulary. If you want to buy these tools, go to my past post about that subject. If you have taken one of my classes, this a complete run down of the basics I go over in the workshop. If you've never taken a class, see my classes & events pages for upcoming workshops. 

Side cutter for cutting wire, head pins and jewelry metal. 

Side cutter for cutting wire, head pins and jewelry metal. 

Round nose pliers for twisting head pins or wire and making jump rings.

Round nose pliers for twisting head pins or wire and making jump rings.

Long flat nose pliers are for straightening wire or pins and opening jump rings. 

Long flat nose pliers are for straightening wire or pins and opening jump rings. 

Lobster clasp for finishing a necklace. Use this with jump rings as a closure.

Lobster clasp for finishing a necklace. Use this with jump rings as a closure.

Open jump rings are used to connect jewelry elements together, to hang pendants, to create chain and as a closure. This is not entirely secure unless you solder the opening. Remember when opening & closing: open towards you or away from you but never apart!

Open jump rings are used to connect jewelry elements together, to hang pendants, to create chain and as a closure. This is not entirely secure unless you solder the opening. Remember when opening & closing: open towards you or away from you but never apart!

Closed jump rings are used for the same reasons as open jump rings, but are for jewelry elements that are ready for attachment. Attach the elements to the jump ring rather than the jump ring attaching to the element. Does that make sense? Plus this doesn't have a weak opening for pieces to break loose from like the open version does. 

Closed jump rings are used for the same reasons as open jump rings, but are for jewelry elements that are ready for attachment. Attach the elements to the jump ring rather than the jump ring attaching to the element. Does that make sense? Plus this doesn't have a weak opening for pieces to break loose from like the open version does. 

Head pins are used for making swinging pendants, creating beaded charms, and dangling earrings. The head stops the bead from falling off the pin. The are a variety of decorative head pins to add some extra hot damn to your jewelry. 

Head pins are used for making swinging pendants, creating beaded charms, and dangling earrings. The head stops the bead from falling off the pin. The are a variety of decorative head pins to add some extra hot damn to your jewelry. 

Ball pins are another variation on the head pin. 

Ball pins are another variation on the head pin. 

Eye pins are awesome for attaching other elements to the bottom of a pendant. Like if you made a cool ass pendant with the eye pin and decided to attach charms made from beaded head pins at the bottom. BTW, all eye, ball and head pins come in different finishes (colors), lengths and gauges (width of the metal tubing).

Eye pins are awesome for attaching other elements to the bottom of a pendant. Like if you made a cool ass pendant with the eye pin and decided to attach charms made from beaded head pins at the bottom. BTW, all eye, ball and head pins come in different finishes (colors), lengths and gauges (width of the metal tubing).

This isn't mandatory, but it's great to use a bead board to plan out jewelry designs before you start stringing things together. 

This isn't mandatory, but it's great to use a bead board to plan out jewelry designs before you start stringing things together.