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Creative Projects at Home

A guide with information on how to begin a variety of creative projects from the comfort of home.

Jewelry: Introduction & Materials

Row of rings with different types of stones

Jewelry making can take many forms and utilize a variety of materials. One easy way to get started in jewelry making is by beading. Beading simply entails threading or stringing beads and charms onto a piece of thread, wire, cord, or elastic.

Some basic tools you will need to get started in beading are:

  • Jewelry pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • A jewelry mat or piece of felt
  • Jump rings, clasps, and / or crimp beads to connect and secure everything together
  • Beading wire
  • Beads 
  • Reading glasses or a magnifying glass for working with small items
  • A ruler or measuring tape


Watch this video for an introduction on some basic jewelry making tools and supplies:


Learn to make beaded earrings in this video:


This video features beaded bracelets with elastic cord and memory wire:


Learn to make a single-strand beaded necklace in this video:


More jewelry tutorials can be found here: 

In the Catalog

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