Glossary of Beading jewelry findings

March 01 [Tue], 2011, 18:17
Beads are used to make different types of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. They are available at most craft stores and specialty shops, as well as online. There are also many another items for jewelry making on internet, jewelry supplies involves jewelry beads, but not only beads, such as bails, caps, clasps, links and etc. are also very important material involved in jewelry making. Today I will introduce some of them.

Bails-A jewelry bail is a jewelry making component (findings) that attaches a pendant to a necklace, chain, cord etc. The pendant slides with the bail onto the necklace. It sits in the centre at the top of the pendant. Usually the bail helps to keep the pendant in position and lying flat.


Crimp Beads - Also known as "Crimping Beads" are used to secure two or more pieces of wire. Typically, it is used at the end of a necklace. Wire is looped through a clasp and then back through the crimp bead.

Crimp bead covers-Crimp bead covers are used to hide the crimp beads. The edges of the a smashed crimp bead can be really sharp, so the covers not only help hide the ugly piece of flat metal, but also protect your skin.

Clasps - Attaches the two ends of a piece of jewelry. Clasps and toggles are usually made from either silver or gold and come in a variety of shapes and forms.

Findings –“jewelry findings”is the name given to the many small components that support, finish, and secure a piece of jewelry. Without jewelry findings for jewelry making, one could not complete his/her project. These include bails, clasps, jump rings, head pins and eye pins and etc. Jewelry findings are an essential part of all jewelry, their importance should not be overlooked.

Links-Links are more fun jewelry making findings. There are all sorts of links out there. What makes something a link? It will have a loop or loops on both ends so you can“link”something together. They range from simple wire links (which you could also make yourself) to elaborate designs with inset stones or gems.


Spacer Bars-These are a little like links. They have loops on both sides, but they are used to space out your work. These little findings make it possible for you to make multiple strand necklaces and bracelets. They keep the strands separate so they don’t get tangled up.


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