Jewelry making findings, tools and supplies

Have you wondered what you need to make jewelry ? Well, Not much. You can make simple jewelry with some beads, needle and thread but with some more  easy findings and tools and some creativity peppered in, you can make your jewelry making skills above par.

Findings include all the metal things you need to make beaded jewelry like clasps, connectors, etc.

Here is a post that lists all the different types of Beads (and also the different types of seed beads). 

Fasteners – clasps /catches

Fasteners keep your jewelry closed. There are so many different types of clasps – here are the most important types used for making necklaces and bracelets.

Lobster Clasp

lobster clasp

This clasp looks like a lobster, hence the name. It is similar in action to the bolt ring clasp but is slightly bigger and more decorative. Carabiner clasp is a similar but slightly tapered type of clasp

‘S’ clasp

'S' clasp

This is a common clasp used to close chains.

Barrel screw clasp

Barrel screw clasp

This is a clasp that looks like two barrels which are then screwed together to fasten the jewelry – it is usually used in necklaces.

Fish Hook Clasp

This clasp is used on necklaces – the clasp looks like a fish hook and this is fastened to a jump ring.

Bolt ring clasp

Bolt ring clasp

This is a ring-shaped clasp – it consists of a circular tube which when opened slides in the jump ring which attaches the jewelry

Toggle bar clasp/ Ring and toggle clasp

Toggle bar clasp

This is a type of clasp used in bracelets. It consists of a large ring on one end and a t-bar shaped toggle which is inserted onto the ring to fasten.

Other clasps include push & lock clasp, Lanyard Clasp/Albert swivels clasp, donut clasp, foldover clasp, Magnetic clasps, Trigger clasp, Box clasps, Paddock and ball clasps, C-Clasp, floating clasp, snap clasp, spring clasp, Tube clasp, locking clasp, screw clasp lock


Jump Ring

Jump rings

This is a small ring-shaped finding with an opening – it is used to join more than one component together – like two or more pieces of chain, beads, or other findings, etc. You can buy them in many sizes – and they are usually round or oval-shaped.

Split Ring

split ring

This is a double coiled ring-shaped finding used to join two or more pieces of chain or other findings. The keychain ring is a split ring.

Headpins and Eye pins and Ball pins


These malleable pins are used for attaching beads- they are also used to dangle beads. They can be bent and twisted into any shape. Ball pins have a small ball at one end.

eye pins

Eyepins are straight pins with a loop at one end – they can be used as a linking element to other components

Up eye finding

This is a finding that looks like a big straight pin with a loop – like a big eye pin – it is used to attach stones without a hole.

Bead separators/spacer beads

bead seperators

These are small metal beads shaped like a disc used in between beads as separators.

Spacer bars

Spacer bars

Spacer bars serve a similar purpose of separating beads – it also helps to align multiple strands.

Crimp ends / Ribbon clamps

Crimp ends / Ribbon clamps are necessary things needed to make jewelry

This is used to finish the ends of ribbons or flat woven seed beads

Prong bails/pinch bails/Icepick bail

Prong bails needed to hang lockets and charms

They are used to attach stones pendants without holes to your jewelry wire/chain.

Bead Tip

This is a round-shaped finding used to hide knots on the thread used to string beads.

Bead caps

jewelry making supplies - bead caps

This is a bell-shaped cap that is used to cover a bead or stone – This is usually used to cover beads, knots, etc. It can hide anything unpleasant over the bead or knots at the end of strings. It can also be used to turn a holeless stone into a dangler

Chain ends/End Caps/Crimp ends

Chain ends

This is used to finish the raw edges of cord. It will have a loop on one edge and this is attached to a clasp or a jumb ring.

Bead stoppers/Tension beads

This is a coiled wire finding used to keep even tension while beading and prevent beads from falling off.

Crimp beads/crimp tubes

crimp beads

Small tube-shaped metal beads – they are used to hold beads in a stationary position in a wire or thread.This is a finding used at the end of jewelry to attach a fastening. You will need to use thick thread or tiger tail thread with crimp beads – a thin thread can be cut off easily.

Crimp bead covers

Crimp bead covers are used over the crimp bead to give it a more refined or decorative look.

Leather Crimps

This is a crimp bead used for leather or other thick stringing material. 

Brooch pins and brooch converters

brooch pins

Useful in making brooches



This is a base in which a gemstone or bead is placed – it will have a groove to correctly display the stone.

Common Earring findings

Earring stud findings

This includes earring post, cup, post, and ball. Post is the straight wire that is inserted through the ear hole. A flat back earring post consists of a base for attaching beads, stones, or other wires with an earring post. You can also get just that straight wire without the base. Earring cups/claws consist of a setting for a stone attached to an earring post. The other type is a ball-type stud.

Scrolls/clutch backs

Scrolls or backs are used to fasten the earring on the ear at the back.

French hook wire

earring hooks for making jewelry

This is a hook-shaped wire used to make dangle earrings


creoles -hoops for earrings

This is a plain hoop earring

Others are Kidney wire earring finding, Leverback finding


metallic wire

This includes Coloured aluminium Beading Wire, colored copper wire (craft wire), brass wire, Sterling silver wire, gold-filled wire, gold plated wire, german wire (sterling silver coated over copper), beading wire coated with nylon

Bead stringing wires

These are usually thin aluminium/stainless steel/copper wires in different gauges used to string beads. It is supple enough to be manipulated into different shapes and can also be knotted. You can buy bead stringing wires in many colores

Metal wires

This refers to thicker wires used to make jewelry. They can be bend with the help of tools.

Memory Wire 

memory wire

This is a coiled stiff wire which springs back to its original place when stretched – it is used to make bracelets

Bullion wire (gimp/french wire) is used over beading wire for a decorative look as well as to make it strong.


This can be made by connecting several metal links together to your desired length.

Other supplies


different types of beads

Check out this post to know more about the 50+ different types of beads.

Stringing thread

Normally a strong synthetic thread like a nylon thread is used for stringing beads but if you want more durability you can use a waxed nylon thread which is stronger and durable. Another option is to use a clear monofilament thread which is lightweight and almost translucent. Silk threads come in very attractive bright colors and can be used for stringing beads but it is quite delicate and maybe cut off by sharp edges of glass beads.

A beading cord made with flexible wires is used when you need really strong stringing -No danger of cutting the thread. Tiger Tail is a wire which is covered with Nylon – it is a good choice for stringing heavy beads and also sharp beads.

Rattail Rayon cord is a smooth and silky fabric cord found in bright colors. It is used in braiding and can be used to string large beads. You will need to use thick cordings with larger beads – waxed cotton cord, leather cord, etc are used.

A thin elastic cord (covered elastic) is used to make bracelets – the stretch of the elastic is perfect for that.

Related post : 16 different types of cords.


Adhesives are used in jewelry making to adhere to beads and gemstones, to secure knots, etc. The usual glues can do these but only for so long. After some wear, the thing you have attached will come off. You will need a fast-drying solvent-based glue for this. You can use super glue to adhere gems, beads, etc to your jewelry but it needs some other reinforcement. Epoxy glue (like Araldite) can be used for a very strong permanent waterproof bond – but some epoxy glues have a problem -if they leak to the outside it can look yellow there after some time. You will need glue that will dry clear. There is commercial jeweler’s glue that can be used. Buy one with a fine applicator tip for those tight spaces.


Jewelers Tweezers/Jewel picker

These tweezers have very fine tips which are very useful in picking up small things like beads or catching hold of strings. You can get straight tweezers or ones with slanted jaws. A jewel picker does the same job but with more efficiency because of its silicon tips.

jewlery making tools and Supplies -round nose plier and chain nose plier

Chain Nose Pliers

This tapered plier is with round jaws which is flat on the inside where it joins the other side. It is a holding and cutting plier – the flat side helps to grip wire, etc firmly. Bent Nose Pliers is an alternative to this with a bend jaw.

Round nose pliers

This is a tapered plier with fully round jaws. It is very useful in bending wires in jewelry making.

Wire nippers /Flush cutters

You need  a fine point sharp cutter to cut wire

Crimping pliers

Used to squeeze crimp beads in place – this plier will have channels on which the beads can be placed and tightened without crushing them

Reamer/file set

This tool is used to make the holes inside beads bigger or for straightening the holes suitable for your stringing material.


The size of the needle used to string beads depends on the size of the bead or the hole on it. A twisted beading needle is a stainless steel wire twisted into a beading needle with a loop at the top as the eye of the needle – this eye can be manipulated to the size of the eye of the needle.

Tambour beading hook

tambour hooks

This is a special needle used to attach beads easily on large areas. You can learn more about the tambour needles here

Related posts : Beadwork supplies and tools – what you need to start beading; How to make beautiful earrings – easy ways ; Make your own bracelet – 5 easy methods.

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    • I think they may be stainless steel, or nickel silver or white metal, not sure. You can buy them on But you could get these jewelry findings in silver too – will be more expensive.

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