Jewelry findings-for your hand make beaded work
Beaded jewelry making is a relaxing way to be creative, and more and more people join to beaded work. You can make your own unique jewelry that you can enjoy for yourself or give away as gifts to your families and friends. The process of jewelry making and the enjoyment of finishing your beads art are wonderful. Making hand beaded jewelry involves using many specific tools, threads, beads and jewelry findings (findings is the name given to the many small components that support, finish, and secure a piece of jewelry.)
Jump Rings are small circles of metal wire that have a simple cut; when manipulated, this cut allows the ring to open and close to enable links between other findings and threading material and the attachment of jewelry charms beads.
Crimp Beads are small metal components that are designed to squeeze shut with the force of pliers securing the wire that was threaded through it. Crimps are used to secure beads and findings but can also create a decorative affect throughout the piece of jewelry.
Eye pins are used to make dangle drop earrings, or as links in a necklace or bracelet; Head pins are most commonly used to create an end to a dangle drop earring. Eye Pins are pieces of metal wire pre-cut to a certain size with a loop at one end. This loop allows the pin to be linked to something else. The end that is straight can then be made into a loop with round-nose pliers (jewelry supplies), thus creating a complete link between other findings (one at each end). Head Pins are pins with one flattened end to prevent the escaping of beads that are fed onto it; the other end can then be made into a loop using round-nose pliers just like the eye pin.