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Top Tools to Get Started Beading

Posted by Andersons Bead Room on 8/28/2014

Beading can be a fun and rewarding hobby. You can create beautiful jewelry for yourself or as a gift. You can create unique home décor items to accentuate your space. You can even create artistic pieces, such as beaded sculptures and more.

One of the many advantages of beading is that it is accessible to beginners while also offering challenges to advanced practitioners. If you are just getting started beading, you’ll need to stock up on the right tools to be successful.

Here are a few of the top tools you’ll need to get started beading:

Needle Nose Pliers

You will likely work with a lot of wire when you are beading. Even if you do not, you will work with many metal components, including jump rings, clasps, and connectors. A good pair of needle nose pliers will let you manipulate wire or open and close fasteners. The narrow nose will make it easier to handle these small components.


Not every beaded project is loaded full with beads. Some projects may include a few beads on a longer strand. To keep beads in place, you’ll need to use crimped beads. These are small, metal beads that are crimped together so that they pinch the string and won’t move. They serve as stoppers to hold other beads in place.

In order to use crimp beads, you’ll need a pair of crimpers to flatten them. Crimpers are a bit like pliers with flat sides.

Beading Loom

You can hand-weave beads yourself, but it’s much easier to do on a loom. A bead loom can also give you uniform results that are hard to achieve by hand. You can create everything from bracelets to portraits with a bead loom. The loom is easy to use and learn, even for total beginners.

When you are ready to start beading, stock up on these and other essential tools to create everything you’d like.