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Lesson: Get to Know Your Tools

Learn how to use your beading tools (and what they're called)

These three tools are a must-have for making jewelry!

Round nose pliers - Great for a myriad of tasks! Use these to bend and loop wire, or hold onto jewelry findings while using other pliers to perform other tasks, like closing a jump ring.

Flat nose pliers - Best used for opening and closing jump rings, and closing crimp beads. These are also great for making sharp bends or flattening wire!

Wire cutters - As the name suggests these handy pliers are for... cutting wire!

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Use your bead board to sort your beads and findings, then lay out your design to bring your jewelry ideas to life!

This handy bead board comes with a sturdy travel lid, perfect for taking your project on-the-go or preventing your beads from knocking over.

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Thin and flexible, beading needles are ideal for threading small beads, or for bead weaving.

Available in our Ultimate Beading Kits!

Crimp beads are soft metal beads used to secure clasps and beads in lieu of knots.

You'll need flat nose pliers to squash them!

Available in our Ultimate Beading Kits!

These gold-tone crimp covers hide knots and crimping beads, giving the appearance of a small round spacer bead. A must-have for beaders wanting a clean finish on your creations!

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Jewelry Cement — G-S Hypo Cement is our favorite — is a strong craft and jewelry glue that comes in handy time and again. Apply this glue to knots and small areas to secure your work.
Pro Tip: To prolong your jewelry cement tube, wipe off the tip with a soft towel before replacing the cap.

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Lobster clasps are a common jewelry fastener usually found on non-stretch jewelry, like bracelets, necklaces, or anklets.

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Flat head pins are usually used to create dangling or drop beaded earrings. They can also be used to turn your favorite beads into charms using your round nose pliers!

Available in our Drop Earring Findings Set!

A must-have, and can't-have-too-many tool!

Use jump rings as the finishing link to your clasp jewelry, or connect different jewelry components like charms or earring hooks.

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