Making bead and wire jewelry is one of my oldest passions. I still have a large bead collection with countless old treasures leftover from the times and projects long gone. I got my startup kit in Hobby Lobby and expanded since then…
- Set of little pliers (needle nose, round nose, flat nose, bent nose and nylon jaw) and wire cutters, hammer and anvil
- Silver wires of different gauges I found 22 and 16 being most useful for me. I use the thicker wire (the one with lower gauge number) to design the basic shapes, after I’m happy with it I hammer it slightly flat on a small anvil which hardens the wire and makes the shape more sturdy and then I use the thinner wire (higher the number the thinner the wire) to wrap around the thick wire in different ways and patterns, sometimes adding beads along the process to bring out the idea.
- Beads of all kinds and materials like glass, natural stones, semi-precious stones, pearls, metal, wood and plastic, that I collected all over the place.
- Jewellery findings of all kinds: jump rings, eye and head pins, bead caps, spacers, clasps…
- Metal chains of different sizes shapes and colors
- and set of plastic organizers to keep everything in order
But I also experimented with different techniques to create interesting jewelry pieces. I have tried crocheting a very thin blue wire into a flowery necklace. I’ve tried rope macrame with beads… connecting beads and chains…wire wrapping stones… I still need to explore the delicate wire twisted style of headpieces