Jewelry Findings

Written by Sarah Provost
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The term "findings" refers to all the little things you need to make jewelry except for the beads themselves and your stringing material. Clasps, crimp beads, earring wires, eyepins and headpins are among the most common findings. Aside from regular jewelry findings, there are also findings for making cell phone straps, watches, eyeglass holders, purses and ornaments.

The type of findings you'll need depends on the kind of project you're working on. For necklaces and bracelets, you'll probably need crimp beads and clasps, plus jump rings or bails if you're going to add a pendant or charms, plus cones and spacer bars if you'll be using multiple strands. For earrings, of course, you'll need earwires or post backs, plus headpins and/or endpins to make dangles.

Miscellaneous Findings

Barrettes, hair pins and hair sticks are excellent small projects for the beginning beader, as are stickpins and key chains. Findings such as barrette backs can be ordered from many online sites. There is a huge assortment of pin backs available for making scatter pins or brooches, as well as findings that allow you to convert a pin to a pendant.

With a little practice and patience, you can learn to make your own findings. There are several sites online that offer instructions for making earrings wires, clasps and various terminators for cord, string and chains. Basic findings are not very expensive, however, nor do they greatly affect the look of the finished piece, so I'd rather use purchased findings and concentrate on the body of the piece.

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