When it comes to making your own jewellery, having a good supply of findings is essential! There are lots of bits and bobs to link and fasten your components together for a long-lasting, finished piece. From bead caps, headpins, settings and end tips, to bead spacers, jumprings and clasps – I could go on!
The huge variety of findings available can be daunting to the beginner beader, but for all your basic projects the BD Findings Kit is perfect, as it contains all the essentials inside a neatly organised storage box, that you can later re-use to store your beads!
Below is a guide to explain the 10 different findings inside the BD Findings Kit available plated in silver, gold and rose gold.
As their name suggests, headpins look like a pin with a flat head! They are one of your basic components used to connect your beads and pendants to other components by threading beads onto the headpin. The tip of the pin can then join onto your project with a simple loop. The flat end means that the bead will sit flush to the end so you can stack on your beads with no metal on show.
Eyepins perform a similar function as headpins (connecting beads to other jewellery components) but have a loop. This is helpful if you want to create a dangly pair of earrings or a necklace with more flexibility, like the Andromeda Necklace I recently shared with you. Once you have mastered the looping technique yourself you can even make your own eyepins using wire.
3. Ear Wire
Also referred to as an ‘ear hook’ or ‘fishhook’ these are used as a base to make your earrings. The wire goes through the pierced ear and the loop at the bottom is where you attach your beads!
A calotte or ‘clamshell’ neatly finishes off the end of your jewellery project and can also cover your crimp beads. All you do is thread the stringing material through the small hole and clamp the cap shut by squashing it with your flat nose pliers.
5. Lobster Clasp
You’ve probably seen those little lobster pincers before. Most commonly used to finish the end of a necklace or bracelet, the little clasp opens and closes for a quick release.
A simple grey wire used for stringing on your beads – great for beginner bracelets!
7. Spacer Bead (6mm)
As the name suggests these space out your design and sit in-between your main beads. They add a little shine to your design, save you using up too many of your favourite beads and also come in handy for hiding any knots if you’re making a stretch bracelet with elastic.
8. Spacer Bead (4mm)
Same as above only smaller in size for smaller or more delicate designs such as earrings.
What would jewellery makers do without jumprings? Another essential item in your findings kit that come in different sizes; jumprings attach all of your beading components together. The jumpring has a split that is easily opened and closed using a pair of tools like flat nose and round nose pliers.
10. Crimp Beads
These tiny beads are super cute and have an important job of securing the end of your design, and also prevent beads from moving about. Once threaded the crimp bead is squashed flat using a pair of crimp pliers or flatnose pliers to secure the end.
The Beads Direct Findings Kits have over 430 pieces and are great value for money at just £6.59. Follow the links below to check them out!
Gold Plated (ST185) Silver Plated (ST184) Rose Gold Plated (ST221)
Next time we’ll go into more detail covering the broader range of findings used for more elaborate designs.
What finding could you not live without? I love the little lobster clasps because they’re so cute and remind me of little Sebastian from The Little Mermaid hehe! ☺