Discover must have jewelry findings for beading so you don't break the bank buying unnecessary findings.
If you are new to jewelry making and beading you may be unfamiliar with the term findings.
But, you know what they are if you wear jewelry.
Findings are the little, or not so little, bits and pieces that make jewelry wearable.
Findings are things such as clasps, ear wires or backs or bead caps.
Findings to make jewelry, or bead findings to make beaded jewelry, are widely available for purchase online.
Below is a guide to some common findings used to make bead jewelry.
Bails are used to attach pendants to necklaces.
Bead caps dress up beads and add interest to jewelry designs. See how I've used bead caps for making bead bracelets look dressed up.
Bead tips are used to cover knots at the end of a strand of beads, usually pearls.
Crimps beads are used with crimping pliers to secure clasps onto beading wire. Look here to learn how to crimp crimp beads.
Crimp bead covers or crimp covers are hollow 'C' shaped beads used to cover crimp beads for a more professional or finished look. Look here to learn how to use crimp covers.
Crimp ends are folded or crimped to cover the end of cords like leather, suede or ribbon. Look here to learn how to use crimp ends.
Eye pins have a loop on one end. You thread on a bead and make a plain loop on the other end. Use them to connect bead units to one another.
Head pins are used to make dangles out of beads by forming a plain loop or a wrapped loop above the bead or beads. Learn how to make hoop earrings with dangles made using headpins.
Jump rings are either open or closed (soldered) and are used to connect one bead unit to another or as decorative spacing within a design. Learn how to use jump rings to make-a-charm-bracelet.
Connector links are decorative findings of many shapes and sizes. They are used as a link between bead units that adds space and interest to jewelry designs.
Spacer bars are used to align and separate the strands of multi-strand necklaces and bracelets.
Split rings are basically double jump rings and are very secure. They resemble key rings. Use them to connect clasps or chain to necklace strands. Look here to learn how to open split rings.
These are just some of the many wonderful and beautiful findings that we use to make jewelry. There is usually a finding for almost any purpose.
As you visit different bead suppliers, you'll learn about new and inventive findings being made.
Look in the earring making supplies section for pictures and descriptions of various types of earring findings. They're so many, they needed their own section!