Handy Guide to Jewelry-Making Terms
What's in a name?
I laughed so hard! I'd been calling him Christian for at least two years. I'm sure he thought, jeez, what a ditz. But you know what? I was relieved that he finally got the nerve to set me straight––otherwise how would I know?
I'm relieved when people set me straight on jewelry-making terms, too. That's why I was pleased to find a very clear table of photographs showing and naming eighteen different types of chain in Jane Dickerson's wonderful new book, Chain Style: 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Included are familiar types of chain such as the cable, rolo, and curb chain, but also anchor, long-and-short, charm, wheat herringbone, and many others. I know I'll refer to the photos in this book again and again to make sure I'm set straight, and while I'm at it will be inspired by the many fashion-forward projects within.
Learn the lingo for jewelry-making supplies
Seeing all those chains and their proper names made me think about what we call things. For instance, I've always called Boston link chain "elongated box chain," and I'm sure readers can picture what I'm talking about without me using the proper name. It's the same for lots of jewelry-making materials-there can be lots of names for the same thing. Just for fun I made you a chart of some supplies and terms that have multiple names.
|Supply||Common name||Less-common name|
|Findings||Ribbon-end crimp||Basketweave crimp|
| Earring backing
| Hook-and-eye clasp
|Knot cup|| Clamshell
|India glass||Wound glass|
|Pressed glass||Molded glass|
|Cylinder bead||Delica, Treasure|
|Wire||Beading wire||Flexible beading wire, nylon-coated steel wire, SoftFlex, Beadalon, Accuflex|
| Craft wire
||Artistic Wire, color-coated copper wire|
|French wire||Gimp, bullion|
|Tools||Nylon-jaw pliers||Wire straighteners|
|Embroidery scissors||Snippers, sharp scissors|
|Other materials||Beading wax||Beeswax, microcrystalline wax, synthetic wax|
|Nylon beading thread|| Nymo, Silamide, C-Lon, One-G
|Braided beading thread||FireLine, WildFire, Power Pro|
|Elastic cord||Gossamer cord, illusion cord|
These are just some of the hundreds of terms we jewelry-makers run into every day that have more than one name.
What names would you add to the list? Please share them here on Beading Daily.