You Tube viewer asked me if I would film a video of my bead stash and storage. I decided to add a brief overview of jewelery making tools and supplies so if you are just starting out (or need a refresher) you could learn a thing about the tools and supplies of jewelery making. Grab a ‘cuppa’ and have a watch 😀
If you are looking for the bead storage tower I have you can get it at JoAnn.com, it is on sale too!
Here is a review of the tools you need to get started, sometimes you can find a kit with all the tools you need, also shop around because prices vary!
3 in one pliers with round nose ends ($4-$8).
A bead board ($4-$10) or a towel with a measuring tape.
Your choice of beads, stringing wire or thread, findings etc.
Not neccessary but I recommend flush cut pliers (I got a good pair for $4 at Wal-Mart), crimp pliers (there are about $16 so I used a 50% off coupon at ACmoore to buy mine).
You can store your beads on the packages they come in, fish & tackle boxes, tool boxes, butter tubs, test tubes, film canisters, Tupperware and other recycled containers. I must say I love the fish & tackle boxes the best! It is nice to have portable storage so you can lug your bead stash into the living room so you can bead while you watch TV and hang out with the family. I can load all of my boxes into a large plastic tote and haul it upstairs whenever I like, or I can gather all of the supplies I might need on my bead board (that is if I already have an idea what I want to make, in most cases I don’t and I just play with the beads until inspiration strikes!) and just bring that, that is why the little cubbies on the board are so handy.
I hope I inspired you to do some beading today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!