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This is a basic list of supplies that are useful to have on hand. Your list may vary, depending on the projects you make, most beaders find these items pretty standard needs. You'll have more fun if you don't run out when your creativity is flowing.  Crimps, bead cord, headpins, and ear wires seem to run out more often between 10 pm and midnight than any other time of the day.

For Earrings


Head Pins Beads or crystals go on this part to make a dangle

Ear wires

The hook part that goes through your ear

Lever Back ear wires

Alternate item to use in place of ear wires

Small chain or fine wire

For connections and making loops

Assorted Beads

Crystals, Czech glass beads, fire polished beads, pearls, stone beads, and seed beads work great
  Spacers Metal spacers in assorted sizes and shapes


Chain nose, round nose, & cutter

For Necklaces, Bracelets, or Anklets


Stringing material  

Beadalon wire, Soft Flex, Invisible Cord, Elastic Cord or silk cord


Lobsters, toggles, snap clasps, spring rings, s-hooks, and magnetic clasps are a few common items.

Soldered rings

Use as connectors with a lobster or s-hook

Split rings & Jump rings

Use to attach pieces of chain or charms to other things

Crimp beads

Tube crimps, round crimps, and micro crimps.

Chain or wire

Use for connections and extensions

Assorted beads

Crystals, Czech glass beads, fire polished beads, pearls, stone beads, and seed beads work great

Focal beads

One or more fancy bead used as the main attraction or centerpiece in  your project. Often people will use hand made beads or some other special treasure here. They often provide you with inspiration for your project color palette.


Metalized beads, daisy spacers, metal disks, round beads


Stone, glass, or metal they all work.

"Go With" beads

Smaller less expensive beads that stretch your project and make the larger beads stand out better.  They "go with" your fancier focal beads. Many people use fire polished bead or other small faceted beads, seed beads, or crystals as spacers.
  Tools Chain nose, round nose, cutter, & crimper

For Memory Wire

  Seed beads
Glass beads
Small beads like seed beads tend to be easier. The bead hole must be large enough to fit the wire.
  Memory Wire Pre-formed spring wire that keeps it's shape. It's available in sizes for wrists or necks and each of these is available in a large or small size as well.

Memory wire comes in a bright stainless steel finish, and it is also available in silver plated or gold plated finishes too.

  Memory Wire Cutter You can easily cut the memory wire with these bypass style cutter.
  Round Nose Pliers Used to form the loops that keep the beads on the wire.

For Knotting between Pearls or Stones

  Pearls or Stone Beads Most strands are 16" long, when strung and knotted, with a clasp will measure about 18".
  Carded Silk Cord

Carded silk has a needle attached to 2 meters (6.5')of silk. The size depends on pearl hole size. Pick the silk so it fills the hole. A # 2 is small, #4 & #6 are medium, #8 & #10 are large.

  Bead Reamer

Bead reamers come motorized or hand operated. Select the motorized style if you plan to do a number of strands as it's less work for you. You need to ream out the fist 3 beads and the last three beads so the silk will pass through two times.

  French wire or bullion

This protects the silk from abrasion where it attaches to the clasp. Use a size that fits your silk.

  Bead Tip (optional) A different method of protecting the silk from abrasion where it attaches to the clasp. They look like clam shells or cups with a hook.
  Pearl clasp

Use any type of safety clasp you prefer

  Bead Knotting tool Helps tie consistent knots.  You can also learn to use an awl or a knotting tweezers with more practice.
  Hypo Cement

This is waterproof jewelers cement for sealing knots. Seals without stiffness. Don't use superglue.

  Hand wipes  Clean hands are a must. Use baby wipes, or something similar.
  Beading mat or board Keeps your beads in one place
  Scissors or cutters  
  Magnifying glasses  If you need these, use them
  Good light source  

We're compiling more useful ideas to share with our friends and fellow beaders.  Send us an email with useful ideas or your favorite tips and tricks.  We'll be glad to publish your ideas here on!

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