Jewelry Tools Tips & Techniques for
Beading & Wirework

Jewelry tools can be expensive. You want to make sure you are buying the best quality without breaking the bank. If you are a tool junkie like me you probably have lots of stuff you thought you needed but just don't use anymore.

Wirework is my main focus, but I'm always trying something new. When I began experimenting with polymer clay, I just had to have a pasta machine and all the special jewelry tools for making clay beads.

When I discovered bead crochet, bead weaving, and bead stitching off I went to the craft store to find crochet hooks, needles, thread and beads.

Chainmaille is another favorite of mine. I find it relaxing to piece together all sorts of patterns and weaves. At first I bought my rings but I always used them up so quickly. So I learned to make my own.

Sometimes the best tools are things you find around the house like film canisters, old pill bottles, pens, dental floss, and kitchen gadgets.

New articles will be added with information on different types of jewelry tools, how to choose them, how to use them, and how to care for them. When I find a new tool or technique I'll be sure to share it with you.

Jewelry Making Pliers
Choosing the right jewelry making pliers depends on your hands and what is most comfortable for you.

Super Flush Wire Cutters
Super flush wire cutters allow you to cut a nearly flat surface on your silver and gold filled wire.

Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner is a fast and affordable way to keep your jewelry clean.

Using a Bead Reamer
Using a bead reamer is very simple if you follow a few basic rules.

Ring Mandrel
If you plan on making rings, you need to get a ring mandrel.

Choosing a Bracelet Mandrel
A bracelet mandrel makes shaping and stretching bracelets a breeze.

Jewelers File
A jewelers file is one of those small tools you need to carry with you to every craft show.