Tools and findings 101
So you want to start making necklaces but you have no idea what to use. Have no fear! This will go over everything you need to get started.
Jewelry making tools you need
You can find some of these tools at your local hardware store and Walmart. Craft stores will carry the harder to find tools like the round nose and crimp pliers.
Here shown is wire, elastic stretch cord, and crochet thread. You can find these at your local craft store. We sell tiger tail 0.45 wire and crochet thread on our Etsy shop.
You should be able to find all these at your local craft store.
Here are the main findings you will need to make chunky acrylic necklaces.
Some type of clasp. There are many types you can choose from.
Crimp tubes come in size 1,2,3 I prefer to use size 2 but they will all work. The main key here is to make sure you are using a quality brand. The thickness of the crimp bead will vary depending on the brand. Thin ones will make them easy to break and this is what holds your whole necklace together so don’t go cheap on this supply!
Jump rings come in many sizes. I use 8mm for the end of my necklaces to attach the clasps. 10mm or larger is great for pendants. If you come across a thick pendant that is hard to pull through a jump ring a triangle ring works great.
Optional Jewelry Findings
A lot of customers always want extenders on their necklaces so it might be a good idea to offer them. Here I used a long chain and using my pliers I separated the chain into the length I use for my extenders.
If you prefer spacer beads you have some choices. Here are just some examples: large seed beads, silver spacer beads, and stardust spacer beads. The spacer beads are 3mm showing but they also come in larger and smaller. You just want to keep in mind the size of the bead hole. Most of the beads we carry on our Etsy store have 2mm holes.
Split rings are a tiny version of key chain rings. I love these since the main problem you will notice when making necklaces is the wire can easily slip though the split in the jump ring. This alleviates that problem. Shown are 5mm rings. You can also used closed jump rings which have been soldered but the cost is higher than split rings.
Crimp bead covers can be used to cover your crimp tubes if you wish to have them hidden for looks.