Hobbeads Corner


Tools 101   

What's in your Beading Box?

Below is a selection of tools, findings and other components commonly used in accessory design. You DO NOT need everything! Be selective, research your project first and spend only what you need to! If you are truly serious about this hobby your beading box will develop overtime! 

Safety Glasses

Project Dependent 

Worn when cutting metal with side cutters. Be safe!

Round Nose Pliers

Must have! 

Have two round tapering jaws. Use these to twist posts of head and eye pins creating eyelets of varying diameters. 

Chain Nose Pliers

Must have!

Useful for gripping when opening and closing jump rings and attaching components together. 

Crimp Pliers

Must have!

Crimping pliers have two notches for creating a secure end on your beading wire with crimp beads or crimp tubes. Crimps can be left as is or covered with crimp covers. The first which is has a dimple in the middle and is used to squeeze the crimp into a figure 8 shape. The second is used to fold the crimp and form it into a nice tube shape.

Flat Nose Pliers

Project Dependent

Blunt square ends make these useful for holding components steady. They can be used to straighten wire, head and eye pins. 

Wire Cutters

Project Dependent 

Wire cutters allow you to cut head pins, eye pins wire and chains. The gauge of the the wire that you wish to cut will determine the size and type of cutter you should use. 


Below are common findings used in beading! 

Findings are small metal fittings that are used to attach jewelry components to each other. 

Jump Rings 

Must have!

Jump Ring's connect charms, findings and other components. 

Split Rings

Nice to have! Depends on project. 

Split Ring's -are flexible and attach charms and other components together. They look like mini key chain links. 

Eye Pins

"Eye Pins" create beaded links and dangles for your designs. Use these when you want to add an extra dangle to the end of a piece. 

Head Pins

Must have!

"Head Pins" - horizontal- flat ends that prevent beads from falling off. Opposite end can be bent into loops. 

Crimp Beads & Covers 

Must have!

"Crimp Beads" are tiny metal beads (tubes or rounded) with very thin walls designed to be crimped at the ends of your project. Crimp bead covers add a finished look to your piece enclosing the crimp bead. 


Must have!

"Clasps" connect your project securing it around your wrist, neck or ankle. Below is a selection of clasps commonly used. 

Lobster Clasp 

Spring loaded, self closing.  Good for lightweight to medium weight designs. Larger lobster clasps accommodate heavier pieces.

Springring Clasp 

Spring-loaded clasp comes in a multitude of sizes, for single-strand to multi-strand designs. 

Toggle Clasps 

A clasp with 2 pieces. The clasp is closed by pulling the ''T'' shaped bar through the open loop.  There a unlimited styles in various materials. 

Barrell Clasp

Clasps that are opened and closed by twisting. Safe clasp but not good for bracelets more suited for necklaces.  

S Hook

S-shaped attached to one end of a necklace or bracelet.  The opposite end ring hooks into the hole at other end.

Ball Chain Connectors

Designed to fit over ball chain the end fits into the middle of a connector until it clicks into place for a secure closure.