Diy Crafts: Basic Equipment And Tools For Making Jewelry

With these tools, you can create, design, and make your own jewelry. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Creating your own jewelry is a rewarding and relaxing activity. As you gain experience, perhaps you'll even give away some of your pieces as gifts or sell them to make a profit. If you really want to make the most of your time and creative talent, there are a few inexpensive but essential tools you'll want to purchase. Here is a guide to that equipment.

The most basic jeweler's tool is a quality pair of pliers. There are several types available, all of which are useful in jewelry making. Flat nose pliers are used for gripping objects and making sharp bends. Round nose pliers are indispensable - they are used to make curved bends and close jump rings. Chain nose pliers are the type you father probably had in his toolbox. This tool has ridges that help to grip objects. They can be useful, but do use caution as this style can damage delicate findings. An added bonus that many pliers have is a wire-cutting edge, so you may want to look for this type. In selecting pliers, choose smaller models with durable springs and comfortable grips.

Tongs and tweezers are inexpensive but can save a lot of time and effort. Look for a set of tongs with varying kinds of tips - bent, straight, and curved. While you're at it, look for "reverse" tongs, which open only when you squeeze them. They'll save you lots of fatigue in our hands. Sometimes these are marketed as "hemostats." Try searching online for surplus medical and dental tools.

Some jewelry-making projects require soldering. Although this can seem intimidating at first, with a little practice it's actually quite easy. There is an enormous variety of soldering products available. Choose according to your intentions. Those wishing to make a career or lifetime hobby of making jewelry should invest in a quality torch and accessories. If you are just experimenting, try a simple heated tool (some wood burning kits come with soldering tips) or one of the new "cold soldering" units. Both are available at large building supply stores, usually for less than $20.

If you plan to work with beads, seek out a simple tool called a mandrel. This item resembles a rounded, conical file. The mandrel is used to widen certain kinds of beads so they'll fit over larger cords or wires. This is a very handy feature, especially if you're working with drilled gemstone chips or beads. These products frequently have variations in hole size which can result in unusable beads.

A quick look through almost any craft supply store should reveal a variety of beading boards. These flocked and shaped boards, usually gray or green, include channels for designing necklaces and bracelets of various lengths. The soft surface prevents beads from rolling away and makes quick jewelry production much easier. In the same aisle you should see storage systems for your supplies. Plan ahead before you invest in any type of storage system - believe me, you may well enjoy your new hobby so much that the beads and findings will be all over the house.

With the right tools, creating your own jewelry can result in unique wearable art that draws the admiration of everyone you run across. Beware - it's addictive!

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