A few of the most necessary tools which you cannot do without, while making jewelry are:
Ball ear posts
Needle nose pliers
Wire wrapping pliers
Stone setting pliers
Split ring pliers
Side cutter pliers
Ring bending or ring shank pliers
Precision round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
Leather and hemp cord
Flushed cut wire cutters are the best choice for they give an even cut and a better finish.
These are available in stores in sets of a dozen or ten. They help the ends of the wires to be made smooth. The completed piece of jewelry looks better with a good finishing.
You require a polishing cloth to wipe off the dirt and tarnished portions of the wire before you use the wire for your designing efforts. The polishing cloth will also come in handy if you want to give a nice shine and polish to your metal, steel or stone jewelry post production.
If you are trying to string necklaces or bracelets you can use a bit of jeweler’s glue on the beading wire. This ensures a stronger hold and rules out possibility of breakage. If you are using nylon knots, then glue is a must. But this is not an absolute necessity for all types of jewelry don’t require glue. Whether you will require glue or not will depend on the style of the jewelry.
Ruler is a measuring tool that is an absolute must. Other measuring tools are tape measure or yard stick.
You can use a dowel as well. Pencil and dowels are necessary for circular designs and for coiling. Different dimensions of this stuff are available. They come in handy for manufacturing various sizes of jewelry and for creating jump rings.
Nylon nosed pliers
Jewelry elastic will be useful for stretch bracelets.
Jewelry wire which is a superfine ultra thin nylon coated woven stainless steel wire.
Of course you will also require beads – the main ingredient for handcrafted fashion jewelry. Some of the most common Beads available on the market are Vintage Beads, Silver Beads, Sterling Beads, Seed Beads, Resin Beads, Porcelain Beads, Pewter Beads, Natural Beads, Hill Tribe Silver Beads, Gold Beads, Glass Beads, Gemstone Beads, Freshwaterpearl Beads, Cubic Zirconia Beads, Bali Beads, Alphabet Beads, Swarovski Crystal Beads, And Colored Beads, Spun Glass Beads, Painted Beads, Wooden Beads.
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