Favorite Beading Supplies

Do you have favorite beading materials? Those beads and findings you turn to again and again? In the Summer 2011 issue of Jewelry Stringing, I listed my must-have materials. Take a look! (Items are listed from top to bottom.)

* Wood rounds. Wood beads have become one of my staples. They seem to find a way into my more organic designs.

* Matte fool’s gold metal-plated size 8° seed beads. These make great spacers in designs with brass beads and findings.

* Sterling silver 3mm rounds. These little beads make great spacers and, when used in the same project as 3mm crimp covers, make the covers blend in even more.

*AD Adornments’s base metal chain. This chain is not only inexpensive, but also looks great in vintage-looking designs.
* Enameled copper discs from C-Koop Beads. These discs are great because you can use them as colorful bead caps or as dangles or charms.
* Pink size 4 Griffin silk cord (with needle). Whenever I do silk knotting, I always turn to this color, size, and brand.
* 6mm original Snapeeze jump rings from Via Murano. These go-to jump rings are like Baby Bear’s bed: not too big, not too small, but just right!
* Green Girl Studios’s sterling silver branch toggle clasp. This clasp has a great handmade look, but isn’t too rustic. Due to the high price of silver, I now only find them in bronze.

* Swarovski Elements’s silk and mint alabaster crystals. It’s hard to pick my favorite crystal colors, but I think these two take the cake.

* Pressed-glass bellflowers. I love to add floral dangles to my designs, so I’ve got these in many colors and sizes.

What are your go-to beading supplies? Please share!


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