Tools and Materials
What you'll need to start making your own jewelry. (All items are available at bead or crafts stores.)
For tying knots in silk cord.
Standard bracelet is 7 inches; necklace, from 14 inches for a choker to 45 for a lariat (lengths from 16 to 20 inches are common).
Pliers and Cutters
You'll need chain-nose and round-nose pliers and cutters.
Thread stones onto these wires, then twist wires to make a pendant.
Place one at each end of the silk cord so that clasps can be attached.
Use the thickest string the bead can take.
For earrings; these come in many styles.
These are connectors, used for joining pendants to chains and more.
Affix to wire or string (with a bead tip).
Similar to ball pins but with a loop for joining to chain or ear wire.
Fourteen- or 18-karat gold is best. Look for 22- to 26-gauge wire (higher numbers are thinner).
The same as ball pins but flat on one end.
Cement glue secures knots.