Bead jewelry makes a great gift for hostesses, birthdays, bridal showers, graduations and other significant life events. When going with handmade presents, you can create an item tailored to the gift recipient’s taste and size. Most importantly, you have the ability to throw together an impressive gift in a short amount of time – provided you are prepared.
You can easily spend a small fortune on beading tools. That said, it is not necessary to own every last tool available but it is important to own a few basic necessities. Pliers are a must for any bead jewelry maker. Chain and round nose pliers are ideal for many projects. Always buy pliers designed specifically for making jewelry because they will offer an ideal size and smooth surface that won’t damage delicate surfaces. A pair of wire cutters is also necessary. If this is your first foray into beading, consider picking up a mini pliers set or tool kit that offers all three of these items.
It can be tempting to purchase beads and findings in your favorite colors. You want to make bead jewelry that looks visually appealing to you, so naturally you will gravitate towards hues that you are fond of. Make sure you also buy supplies that deviate from your usual color selection. This will give you more options when making jewelry for someone who appreciates a bead of a different color!
Practice a few simple projects that allow you to produce a lovely looking accessory in little time. For example, if you have a nicely colored tear drop bead on hand you could start by wrapping it in matching wire. This is one of the quickest ways to create a versatile bead jewelry component. The newly made pendant could be used as the focal point of a necklace, part of a dangly bracelet or a second could be wrapped to create a pair of bead earrings. Always have a variety of findings on hand as well, including lobster clasps, bead caps and earring hooks so you can make gorgeous bead jewelry gifts in a matter of minutes!