Make your own necklaces, bracelets, earring and more with a variety of techniques — stringing, wirework, metal smithing. We’ve rounded up some of the jewelry making tools you need — and some to go on your wish list!
We’ve given you tips on what you need to make jewelry, and how each tool will help you make it. The right tool can make a huge difference in making your hobby a pleasure, as well as creating quality work. So, don’t skimp on your tools. Consider adding these essential jewelry tools to your bench, and up your jewelry-making game.
We recommend organizing your jewelry-making supplies so you can actually find the tool you need – easily. You’ll need some special pliers to help you make great looking loops and a set of workhorse pliers, including (what we think) is the best flush wire cutter. And, it is worth investing in a tumbler and steel shot. It will polished and work hardens metal, making it easy to clean all of the jewelry you make and acquire. Hammers – you need more than one and we tell you why! Check out all of the supplies we recommend you have in your studio for making jewelry.
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Organizing Your Jewelry Making Supplies
Here are a few bench-top tool organizers that keep all of your tools and supplies in place so you can easily find them.
Here are some of our favorite wirework tools.
Tumblers help strengthen your wirework, and polish your metals
Once you get a tumbler, you will be appreciative of the work it can do for you!
Hammering hardens your wirework, and can flatten and texture the metal
Here's the low down on the types of jewelry making hammers.
Stamping on your metal
Personalize your metal work with stamping!
Bead Reamers make the hole in your beads - the size your need
Ever get a bead (or two) that the hole needs to be a bit bigger? That's when you need a bead reamer.
What size is this? Know what you're working with!
Wire and bead gauges help when the package and supplies have found taken different paths.
Looking for some project ideas for all of these great tools? Check out our jewelry projects on Create Whimsy.