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Making homemade crafts has always been a favorite activity for personal use or even as a way to earn extra income. Bead work can be simple or extravagant, and costs will depend on you choice of materials you intend to incorporate into your design. To work with craft beads, most people need a few simple tools, including round and flat nosed pliers, wire cutters and various types and sizes of tweezers. Wire is often used to attach beads to one another when making jewelry and other crafts, most often with jewelers wire or French wire, in addition to a crimping tool. Nylon or synthetic threads which come in a variety of thicknesses and colors are often used in place of wire.

If you are interested in designing and making your own jewelry, try finding a book at the local library or from one of the popular online stores that is written for beginners, teaching you the basics in the jewelry making terminology, as well as about the needed tools, and tips in designing a unique piece. The first tip you need is for storage. Your craft beads and gems often come in small plastic bags which once opened, allow plenty of room for your beads to spill, or get lost. An inexpensive drawer organizer will keep your beads separated, along with your other tools and supplies, making them handy at all times without worrying about anything being misplaced.

The cost of craft beads vary depending on the materials the beads themselves are made out of, as well as the quantity that you intend to purchase. Many of the wholesale merchants sell by quantities, providing the crafter with great deals. Your savings in buying bulk can be utilized for the more expensive beads made from precious gems, 14k gold, sterling silver, as well as those imported such as china glass beads, the beautiful glass and pottery beads for India to name a few. Maybe you will want to add a few charms to a special bracelet in combination with the beads.

The ideas using the array of craft beads, gems, charms,can certainly provide you the ability to make a unique fashion statement, gift for friends and loved ones. Making your purchases online will offer you the opportunity to choose the craft beads which will not only fit your budget, but open the door to an unlimited supply of the ordinary to very unique beads, gems, charms in an array of colors, sizes and shapes to make beautiful projects. All you need to do is let you imagination flow, because you can never go wrong with using beads and gems.

Source by Mary Hobart

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