The Basic Jewelry Making Tools

The Basic Jewelry Making Tools

This article shows you what tools you require for the basics of jewelry making.

What you need

Items listed below


Jewellery making can be a therapeutic and rewarding hobby. It can take just minutes to whip a gorgeous looking pair of unique, original earrings. With a bit of practice the beginner can then start to produce stunning sets for her, to sell or for presents for family and friends. There are just a few basic tools that a jewellery maker needs, and you can usually buy these in a set.

Round Nose Pliers

Round nosed pliers are, in a word, amazing. You use these to create loops, eye pins, swirls and anything else when you let your imagination run riot.

Flat Nose Pliers

You can use these to open jump rings, make angles in wore and also to hold jewellery items that you are working on.

Wire Cutters

Personally, I didn’t buy wire cutters, I raided my dad’s tool box and found his, and they are great. However, these are essential for wire work. Scissors are OK in an emergency but they do not cut thicker wire and the cut they make is often a bit dodgy looking. Invest in a good pair if you plan to continue in wire work.


Again these are a must; they are extremely handy for snipping of tiny threads of beading thread. (And in an emergency can cut thinner wire)


Look around your local craft shop for good, clear glue. It is understandable that many people want to go for the cheapest but they really aren’t good enough. The cheaper glues tend to leave an opaque look to your finished item and I did have the problem of knots coming undone, even after I had glued them.


There is an immense amount of findings that you can buy, in every colour imaginable. The beginner will need a selection of earring hooks, head pins, lobster clasps, wire, eye pins, and chain. These are readily available at most craft shops. If you are just starting out, buy a few of each. You can always go back for more.


When I started beading, I did not go out and spend a fortune on beads. I scoured charity shops and car boot sales for second hand, cheap (often plastic) beads and jewellery which I took apart and practised with. I still use them to practice a new design to see if it will really work now. (That’s after 5 years of jewellery making)

There is so much available to buy in craft shops for jewellery making. The best advice I can give is to not go out and buy everything. If you can, borrow tools from a friend to see if you really want to spend money. Use the Internet to source inspiration, magazines and catalogues can also give you ideas. After you have mastered the basics, go forth and let your imagination run wild.



What you need

Glass tile or Glass slide (Available from jewelry making stockists)
Clear drying Craft Glue/Diamond Glaze/modge podge/Aleenes clear tacky glue
Scissors or Blade
Aanraku Bail


This free jewelry making project shows you how to make a glass tile or glass slide pendant using a printed image and some basic jewelry making supplies.

Take your chosen image and cut it to size to match your glass tile that will become your pendant, it should be 1-2 mm smaller than the glass tile. This allows the glue to seal around the edges.

Start by taking your imaging and sealing it with a thin coat of clear drying craft glue, such as modge podge or PVA glue. You can also use a spray sealer if you have it on hand. This seals the image ink and prevents any color bleeds later on.

Once your image has been sealed, you can glue it onto the glass tile/slide.

Cover the glass tile in a coat of glue and gently place the image down onto the tile.
Press the paper image down in the centre and work your way out to the edges. This allows any air bubbles to escape to the edges.

Once the image is flat against the tile apply firm pressure and make sure all the edges are well stuck down.
Finish it off by placing a little more glue on top of the paper (the back of the image) to seal the back of the pendant. Make sure the glue seals all the edges. If you are using modge podge or glue then give it 3-4 coats at least allowing it to dry between coats as this will SEAL it better. If you are using Diamond glaze or other glass like resin products then 1 thick coat is enough.

You can wipe off any excess glue from the tile using a damp cloth. You can gently sand any rough edges or any blobs of glue off once it is dry.

Finish off the pendant by gluing on your aanraku bail with strong craft glue or E6000 Glue.

Glass tiles can be bought from most jewelry making supply stores online. You can also use glass slides used for science.

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