Before you begin making jewellery or beading projects, gather some basic tools and supplies and become familiar with recommended lengths for necklaces, bracelets, and more. Consider how to personalise your work, for example: by using birthstones and your own designs. And when you need help — with design inspiration, supply sources, or technique — take advantage of the rich online resources created by other jewellery-making fans.
Basic Supplies for Making Jewellery and Beading Projects
With just a few basic tools for making jewellery and beading projects, you can create items that are wildly artistic, classically elegant, or something in-between. Whatever your style, these are your must-have jewellery and beading tools and accessories:
•Crimping tool (crimp pliers)
•Bead organiser with a variety of beads, chips, or cabochons (drilled or undrilled depending on your project)
•Beading cord or thread
•Big-eye beading needle
•Assorted headpins and eyepins
•Ruler or tape measure
Making Jewellery: Standard Lengths for Necklaces, Bracelets, and Anklets
When you put a lot of time into making a standout piece of jewellery, you don’t want to end up with a necklace that’s too long or a bracelet that will fall off. Use these recommended lengths when making a necklace, choker, bracelet, or anklet. Whenever possible, take measurements before crafting pieces for friends, family members, or customers so you can be confident that the masterpiece you create will fit perfectly.
Necklace: Women: 40-90 cm, Men: 50-55 cm
Choker: Women: 35-40 cm, Men: 46-50 cm
Bracelet: Women: 18-19 cm, Men: 20-28 cm
Anklet: Women: 23-24 cm, Men: 28-36 cm
Add the birthstone for the person to whom you’re giving the gift for the extra personal touch.
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