3 Reasons to Customize Your Beaded Jewelry Designs

I discovered early on in my jewelry-making career that I loved using custom-made jewelry findings with my original beaded jewelry designs. At first, I focused solely on stitching my own findings whenever I could using seed beads, gemstone beads, or a variety of glass beads. When I started experimenting and learning how to use metal and wire, I discovered that I could create custom jewelry findings for my designs instead of having to rely on whatever findings I had handy or were available online. As I worked to market my handmade jewelry made from my original beaded jewelry designs, I found there were a few distinct advantages to having my own custom-made findings available for my finished jewelry:

1. Stand out at craft shows. When you learn how to create your own findings like wire head pins, clasps, bead caps, end caps, jump rings, and earrings findings, you’re adding value to your own unique brand of handmade beaded jewelry. If you sell your finished jewelry, you know that your customers love handmade jewelry, and incorporating handmade jewelry findings that are custom-made to match the finished piece are just the icing on the cake.

Poppy Bead Caps from Handmade Metal Findings

Poppy Bead Caps from Handmade Metal Findings

2. Allows for unique expression. I would venture a guess that most of us love beading and jewelry-making so much because it allows us a channel for communicating who we are through our choices in self-adornment. Or, in other words, we make cool jewelry so that we can just be ourselves! Knowing how to make your own findings also allows you to continue the theme of your beaded jewelry design throughout your whole project, creating perfect continuity in your design.

3. Stay ahead of trends. Learning how to make your own jewelry findings and using them to customize your beaded jewelry designs gives you an edge over other designers by allowing you to capitalize on the latest and emerging fashion trends. And who knows? Your next great design might even start a new trend in the beading and jewelry world!

Tectonic Toggle from Handmade Metal Findings

Tectonic Toggle from Handmade Metal Findings

Are you ready to learn how to make your own wire and metal findings? You can get started right away when you order your copy of Handcrafted Metal Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, editors of Step By Step Wire Jewelry magazine. This essential reference guide and instruction book includes everything you need to know to gets started making your own custom metal findings, plus fully illustrated instructions for 30 jewelry-making projects. And if you’re looking for a great deal, for a limited time, you can get the eBook at no additional cost when you pre-order the print edition! Get your copy of Handcrafted Metal Findings today and find out how much fun it can be to create your own custom jewelry findings for all your original beaded jewelry designs.

Bead Happy,


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