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Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry making supplies used when making jewelry with wire and beads:

The jewelry supplies that are required for making jewelry are basically jewelry wire, beads and findings.  The following paragraphs will discuss these three jewelry making supply categories. Be sure to visit the links below that lead to related pages about jewelry supplies.

Jewelry Wire Jewelry Making SupplyJewelry wire is in general brass, copper, silver, gold, silver-plated, gold-plated or gold-filled wire.  This wire is sold in several sizes, called gauges (based upon a standard called the American Wire Gauge in the US), with the larger gauge wire being smaller in diameter.   For making jewelry the most common gauges are 16, 18, 20, and 22 gauge.  24 and 26 gauge are used, but less frequently.  For making permanent wire components using one of our WigJig tools, usually 16, 18 or 20 gauge wire will be used, but beginners should avoid 16 gauge because it is harder to work with.  For connecting wire components with the wrapped bead link, frequently 22 gauge wire will be used.  Please select one of the links below for more information on jewelry wire.

Beads Jewelry Making SupplyBeads are decorative items made from a variety of materials that in general have a hole used for holding the bead in position in your jewelry.  Beads can be made of glass, plastic, wood, stone, metal, bone, and semi-precious or precious materials.  You can view our selection of beads here.  Please select here to view information on the different types of beads

Ear Wire Finding Jewelry Making SupplyFindings are jewelry making supplies and components like clasps, head pins, ear wires, jump rings, and other manufactured or hand made components.  Some examples of findings that are rather important jewelry supplies needed for making jewelry and should be purchased by anyone getting started in making jewelry are:

There are many other categories of findings, but the four identified above are in general more important and necessary for most beginning jewelry making projects.  A beginner would be well served by purchasing some inexpensive head pins, clasps and ear wires to be used for making jewelry.  These items can be easily made with our WigJig tools, but for a beginner you would be better off to look over our jewelry making supplies and purchase some silver-tone or gold-tone findings to use making practice pieces.  Please select here to view our You Tube video on jewelry making findings.

Summary on jewelry making supplies:

There are many consumable supplies that are used when making jewelry.  Above we have described the jewelry wire, beads and jewelry making findings that are commonly used when making jewelry by hand.  Many of these supplies must be purchased and available when you begin your jewelry making project.  Many other supplies can be made out of jewelry wire using our WigJig jewelry tools.  We try to provide instructions on how to make the common jewelry making findings and have links to these instructions both our our Beginner's jewelry making skills web page and in our Techniques directory



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