Jewelry Making Supplies

As a beginner to basic bead stringing, jewelry making supplies are the essentials to creating any piece of jewelry. These supplies consist of three basic groups:

The list can be rather long depending how deeply you delve into making jewelry.

Each of these categories are huge in selections and can be overwhelming to try to consume all at once.  By taking a step by step learning path through the basics allows you to evolve into adding more jewelry making supplies, easily transitioning from project to project that will introduce you to this gigantic arena.

Master the basics and as you expand your knowledge into making jewelry it will allow greater focus and less confusion.

Trust that once you get through the basics and have completed your first few projects you will be ready to learn and consume more about supplies. You may find yourself hungry for more. Just a friendly warning.

Warning! Enter at Your own Risk!

This page changes periodically so you will not find everything about jewelry making supplies here. This site focuses on the beginner for basic stringing.

If you are not a beginner or novice then you will not find what you are looking for and you may find our dialogue uninteresting.

If you are a beginner or novice and you don't see a supply that you are familiar with here then it may mean that it's not a jewelry making technique that we cover here. 

Fair Warning! This page will grow and evolve. Use it as resource of the things that you will be adding to your knowledge base as you progress. We hope you enjoy your time with us but beware of the potholes ahead of information that we have yet to add to this vast topic. 

It is and will probably remain a work in progress.

Patience is key.

Approach this page as a resource and remember this is not the be-all, end-all on the topic of jewelry making supplies.

With that being said, feel free to move about the page and drink in what we have already shared and be patient with more information to come. We hope you decide to visit often and see how the topic is progressing. It's a big topic. Either way, thank you for your patience with us.



Beads are the main focus to any pretty piece of jewelry, but beads do not do all the work, they just get most of the credit.

The list of things to keep in mind as you consider your selection when making any purchase of beads are:

  • Bead Shapes
  • Bead Sizes
  • Bead Style, i.e. elegant, rustic, abstract, novelty, fun, festive, 
  • Bead Composites
  • Interior Hole sizes

We delve deeper into this subject that makes up 1/3 part of your main supplies. 

 The Basics of Beads goes into greater detail on this subject. There is way too  much information to cover here so visit and take some time sifting through the information.

If you have not already experienced the vast sea of selection then get familiar a bit with some of the basics. It's way too much to cover here. Spend some time sifting through the information and get yourself familiar with what will be one of the main ingredients to your jewelry. 

The next task will be to find a supplier of these beauties. Let me assure you there is no one stop shop. We have a listing of suppliers listed below in this page, you can get straight to it here.



Findings are the components that do all the work but get none of the credit. They are the invisible hidden secret sauce that holds jewelry together or can also enhance a piece.

This is a huge topic and there are sub-categories within findings. So let's get to it.

crimp beads

  • crimp beads
  • fold-over crimps
  • ribbon crimps
  • wire guards
  • crimp covers
  • screw in crimps (scrimps)

stringing materials (if you can string a bead on it then it fits in bead stringing materials)

earring findings (if you use it to make earrings then it fits here)

  • ear wires
  • earrings
  • ear thread
  • hoops
  • earnuts
  • ear stud
  • ear clips

other useful findings

  • head pins/eye pins
  • bails
  • jump rings/split rings
  • links
  • connectors
  • space bars
  • bead caps
  • bead cages 
  • bead frames
  • clasp
  • beading bases


Jewelry Tools

Let me first make clear that we focus on basics and jewelers tools are no exception. There are basic tools and their is everything else.

This section will consist of introducing you to other tools that basically serve the same purpose, as the 3 basic jewelers tools introduced in 'the basic jewelers tools' section we already covered.

But if you are like me once you learn the basics you want more and if you are really like me then you like tools, especially when it comes to making jewelry.

These are the tools we will cover and talk more about and demonstrate their uses.

Variety of Pliers:

Various Wire Cutters:

Other Useful Tools:


Where to Buy Jewelry Making Supplies

Finding the right jewelry making beading supplies for your current and future jewelry making projects will be a test of time through trial and error.

Finding the best suppliers that will provide and meet your needs will, in the end, be a personal choice.

To establish where you find your jewelry making beading supplies will take time & effort and finding, contacting and sampling as many suppliers that you can find will be your best path. There are many out there and they are all fighting for your business.

If you have picked up and thumbed through an issue of any beading magazine then you have seen first hand the number of jewelry making beading suppliers that are working to persuade you to try their services and goods.

Don't just assume that the suppliers with the largest ads are the best ones to go to either. You may discover some little hole in the wall supplier that offers just the right combination of supplies and services that suite your specific needs. 

We encourage you to sample and try a few.  Consider requesting a physical copy of their catalog or view one on their website. Visit their brick and mortar store if you are in the area or shop their online store. Do the leg work it's going to take to find your beading supplies.

Also keep in mind that and host beading supply stores as well, so don't rule them out. You may also find several supplies on one of our favorite sites as well.

The shopping market has changed and it's a wide open the variety of places you will find bead shops that may carry your favorite beading supplies.

Keep in mind that no one bead shop is a one-stop shop. You may find you like one place for clasp but don't necessarily favor their stringing materials or head pins. 

There are so many jewelry making beading supplies that are available that it's nearly impossible to find your very favorite in just one place. So do your research and let's go shopping for beading supplies.

Listed here are some jewelry making beading supplies resources found through the years and have written reviews based on our experience.

We will continue to add to this list. We love to hear of new places and make recommendations to our readers. If you have a favorite place that you like and it's not listed here then drop us a note and we'll add them to our resource list so everyone will find out about them.

Or if you are a bead shop owner then allow us to add your information on our 'Bead Shops' page. We love passing good information along to everyone that visits us here.

Besides what fun is it keeping all that good information to yourself!!!

Happy Shopping!

Jewelry Making Supplies Resources

A - B

American Bead Corp

Shop over 20,000 Types of Gem Stone beads


Beadaholique says F-U-N! Prepare to spend some time as you sift through just all the goodies waiting to be explored.

Beads and Charms

Beads and Charms offers a large selection of...well beads and charms, hence the name. 

It's a fun sight when shopping for charms. 

You might want to set an alarm otherwise you will find yourself looking for hours with the large assortment of charms available.

Beads in Bulk

Beads in Bulk is just that, a great bulk of bead assortment and choices. It's fun sifting through these jewelry making beading supplies found here and pricing is very affordable. Give them a look and see what you might find.

C - D

Charm Factory

The Charm Factory offers a large selection of charms of nice quality. Sterling and silver plated are both nice in quality depending on your price point.

Specializing in charms you won't be distracted by a large assortment of other supplies. Focus on what you went there for...charms!

E - F - G

Fire Mountain Gems

Fire Mountain Gems is my favorite go to when buying beading supplies on line.  I got a lot of my initial learning from sifting, drooling, oozing over every page of their catalog.  With detailed descriptions to example pictures I came to learn about many components and which were necessary for which projects.

With neatly categorized sections for convenience in finding the smallest things in this massive catalog keeps you from feeling overwhelmed .

H - I

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby brick and mortar stores I find to be the best stocked with higher quality supplies then other craft stores.  I am biased because Hobby Lobby is the only off-line store I find that carries my choice of beading wire.  If you have one in your area consider yourself fortunate but for those that don't Hobby Lobby is now available on line as well. 

In addition the well stocked selection of supplies, Hobby Lobby also offers classes in a variety of topics.

The instructors are not necessarily employees but do have to schedule through the store for classroom space and times.

Hobby Lobby has been a prime opportunity for me to grow into my beading instruction.

J - K

Jewelry Supply

Jewelry Supply is an every growing resource to all things beading. Their website is user friendly and there is lots to see and lots to explore in the jewelry making supplies world.

You may be surprised by what you will find.


K-beads is a small online market and a factory, retailing and wholesale beads and various supplies. We look forward to getting to know this supplier more, it looks quite interesting. 

L - M - N

Mobile Boutique

Mobile Boutique is an incredible source for the hard to find double holed beads.

This mom is living her beading dream owning her own shop.

Stop by, take a look and I bet you'll fall in love with the beads as much as I did. But I warn you, inspiration is sure to follow. Be sure to tell Mobile Boutique, Bead At Home sent you.

Name Beads  

If you love letter beads then Name Beads is a must visit. Wholesale packages are available and the assortment is nice. Good quality as well.

A name you can stand by. These are one of my favorite for fun custom themes and they offer additional accessories to string these fun beads onto. Definitely worth a look. Great for fundraisers.

O - P - Q - R

Rio Grande

Rio Grande was one of the first Bead Shops I was ever introduced to way back before I ever knew how to bead. They quickly ranked as my #1 top drool status for beading supplies.

Beautiful and upscale materials is what you will find in either their on-line or physical catalog.

The catalog is an education in itself and the pictures come alive on the page.

This is a must look if creating fine jewelry will be the direction in your jewelry making journey.

S - T

Shipwreck Beads

Shipwreck Beads is another large supplier I used early in my instruction days.  A hard copy catalog is available for nominal cost with reimbursement upon first purchase. 

Lots and lots of choices in supplies await your eyes to seek and find what might catch your attention.

South Pacific

South Pacific was an early find for jewelry making beading supplies. You will find a nice assortment and a great customer service to match.

U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Thanks for hanging out and allowing us a good excuse to talk about jewelry making supplies for beginners. It puts us in our happy place. We hope you enjoyed your time here. If you have any questions on anything your learned here feel free to reach out to us or share your thoughts at our bead talk.

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