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Jewelry FAQ : Beginning Beader Getting Started

Q: What will a beginning beader need to get started?

A: You don't need much to get started. A good idea is to get a book to refer to, such as The Basics of Bead Stringing, which is not too expensive (find in our Bead Books section of our web site). As for the beads, this would depend on your preference. Start out simple, with perhaps silver rounds, daisy spacers, stone beads, Swarovski crystals, and pressed glass beads. Stringing material also depends on the type of jewelry that you are making. Griffin Silk is very popular for pearls and seed beads, while jewelry wire is a standard stringing material that should be a part of every beader's box of goodies. You will need tools to put it all together, and the basics could include round nose pliers for making loops and closing jump rings; flat nose pliers for bending wire, closing jump rings, and to crimp; a crimping tool is also useful when working with jewelry wire, as it will give your crimp tube a cleaner and more professional finish than the flat-nose pliers.

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