MISFICTIONARY

Awl

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a tool used when knotting between beads. It has a handle and a sharp pointed metal tip.

Basket Bead Tips

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a type of bead tip in which the knot rests against the basket.

Bead Tips

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Also referred to as calotte, these small metal beads come in a clamshell or basket shape, and are used to link a strand of beads on a cord, to a clasp.

Beading Cords & Threads

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Are the backbone for making necklaces and bracelets. Cords and threads are used to hold beads and jewelry findings together. They are available in many materials including the most popular, nylon, which is both strong and easy to work with. Size of cords are indicated by a number or letter. The lower the number or letter, the thinner the cord.

Calotte

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

See bead tips.

Chainnose Pliers

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

A tool that has smooth, flat inner jaws and tips that taper to a point. It is used to grip wire, close bead tips and open and close loops and rings.

Clamshell Bead Tip

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a type of bead tip that closes over the knot to hide it.

Clasp

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a component that binds one end of the piece of jewelry with the other. Varieties of clasps include: toggles (ring and bar), lobster claws, spring rings (opens with a tiny lever), S-hooks and hook-and-eyes.

Cones

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Are ideal for concealing the knotted ends of a tassel or a multi-strand necklace. They have openings at both end (one large, one small).

Crimp Beads

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Round or tubular shaped beads used with flexible beading wire. They can be flattened or folded into a roll with the appropriate pliers.

Crimping Pliers

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

A tool that has two grooves in its jaws; one that presses an indentation into the crimp bead and the other that folds the crimp into a compact, cylindrical shape.

Diagonal Wire Cutters

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

A tool that has blades that meet squarely, yielding a flat-cut surface in the back and the front makes a pointed cut. Note: Always cut with the back of the pliers against the section you want to finish so that the wire end is flat.

Earring

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a jewelry component to put in your ear as an accessory. Varieties include posts, French hooks, kidney wires, and hoops.

Eye Pin

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

These are similar to head pins, but have a round loop on one end instead of a head. They can be purchased or easily made once you are comfortable making wire loops.

Findings

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Are the components that link beads into a piece of jewelry.

Fishing Line

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a very popular cord used in jewelry making. These types of lines, specifically Fireline, are strong, won't stretch and are fray resistant.

Flexible Beading Wire

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Consists of very fine wires twisted or braided together and covered with a smooth plastic coating. A variety of diameters are available.

Head Pin

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a thick, blunt sewing pin with a flat (or decorative) head on one end to keep the beads from falling off. Sizes range from 1" to 3".

Jump Ring

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a small wire circle or oval with a split that can be twisted open or closed. It connects loops and other jewelry components.

Memory Wire

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a steel spring wire that comes in various sizes and can be used without clasps to make rings, necklaces and coiled bracelets.

Roundnose Pliers

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

A tool that has smooth, tapered, conical jaws and is used to form loops in wire.

Silk Thread

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

This thread is more fragile then nylon and is used to string pearls.

Split Ring

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Resembles a tiny key ring and is more secure than a jump ring.

Thread Snips

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

A tool used for cutting bead stringing cord.

Twisted Wire Needle

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Is a length of fine wire folded in half and twisted together. It has a large, open eye at the fold (easy to thread) and accommodates thicker cords than conventional beading needles.

Wire

Category: Arts & Crafts
Subcategory: Jewelry Making

Multi-gauge wire is used to make clasps, dangles and other decorative elements. Common sizes for jewelry making are between 16 to 28 gauge.



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