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DIY Jewelry: What Tools Do I Need to Start Making Jewelry?

Get started on your jewelry making with these pro tool tips!

By: Maggie Connelly, Editor, allfreejewelrymaking.com

DIY Jewelry What Tools Do I Need to Start Making Jewelry
DIY Jewelry What Tools Do I Need to Start Making Jewelry
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You can't truly delve into a newfound hobby without investing in the proper tools first. This is especially true for beginner jewelry makers. You don't necessarily need the cream of the crop tools your first time creating a beaded bracelet; but, the stronger your investment in your jewelry making tools, the better your outcome will be for your DIY jewelry piece.

There is absoltuely no shame in mastering the basics when it comes to crafting homemade jewelry. It can even become more intimidating once you get all your supplies to even figure out how to organize your jewelry; or, quite honestly, which jewelry making ideas to even start creating. 

To say the least, it can seem very daunting at first trying to understand what is and isn't necessary for your first time creating your own handmade jewelry. It can definitely be tricky trying to figure out what jewelry tools you actually need to start with, and which ones are going to be considered more luxury items that you don't really need. Don't worry though, these jewelry making tips and tricks will keep you on the right path, and lessen your confusion. 

Supplies I Need For Jewelry Making

Jewelry Tools Guide

  1. It's always best to start with the basics! These are some must have DIY jewelry tools that can get you started. The different tools listed here are the different types of jewelry supplies that you will be using for almost every, if not all of the, different handmade jewelry pieces you will be crafting. 

    Must Have Jewelry Tools
    Wire cutters - for all your wire cutting needs
    Round nose pliers - used for bending wire and making loops
    Flat nose pliers - great for opening and closing jump rings, the flat pointed tip makes it easier to get into smaller spaces
    Crimping pliers - used for crimping metal or wire
    Assorted ear wires - used as the back to your earring
    Assorted clasps - used for connecting to ends of a DIY bracelet or necklace
    Assorted head pins and eye pins - used for creating connectors
    Strong adhesive - used for glueing

    Once you've gathered these must have jewelry pieces you can start creating tons of different beginner jewelry projects

  2. Once you have completely mastered the basics, it is going to be very difficult not to move on to more challenging projects. Keep in mind that when you take the step from beginner to advanced that you might need to invest in some more jewelry making tools.

    Specialty Jewelry Supplies
    Beading board - this can help you measure and estimate the different lengths of your jewelry projects
    Memory wire shears - these are specifically used for memory wire to keep from ruining your other wire cutters
    Metal hole punch - for when you need to punch holes in metal
    Anvil - used for flattening out metal or providing texture to metal
    Bead or pearl reamer - used for enlarging holes in beads or smoothing out their texture
    Wire pin vise - used for curling metal more smoothly
    Metal stamping tool - used to stamp different designs on metal

    Be sure to test your skills once you've gotten these new tools. This tribal necklace tutorial is a fantastic starting point!

     

  3. Beads can also easily become a major necessity when it comes to jewelry making, especially if you start to particularly fancy beaded jewelry. There are certain beads that are a good staple to have just in case you're looking to dabble in the art of beading.

    Bonus Bead Guide 
    Acrylic beads - any type of bead that is made of plastic
    Bugle beads - similar to seed beads these are most commonly used in bead weaving
    Crystal/rhinestone beads - these are extremely shiny beads that are often used to add sparkle
    Pearls - there are freshwater pearls that come in an assortment of colors and coated glass pearls that are coated different shades of white
    Seed Beads - most often used for bead weaving
    Spacer beads - used inbetween different types of beads to make them stand out

    Check out how to keep your beads organized, so that it is easier for you to tell them apart!

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I am indeed a newbie...at least at this craft ) I sure hope there are more articles where this one came from because it's important for us to know the type of initial tools it's good to purchase. It's great that you've categorized these for us too. I never knew there were so many tools involved in jewelry making!

I have always wanted to make my own stuff but never really knew where to begin especially tool wise so this really is a great article for me to start! To help detail out what I do and what I don't need, instead of having loads of stuff I don't need and taking up space)

This information is just what I needed! I have been a sewer and crafter for years, but just starting to learn this art since a friend is no longer making jewelry and she gave me all her tools and left over beads! What a treasure to come here and learn how to make such gorgeous pieces! Thanks for sharing!

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