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Where to Find Jewelry-Making Supplies
Making jewelry can be a great way to supplement your income. Many people sell their handmade pieces on Etsy or eBay, and there's a good market for one-of-a-kind jewelry. If you're thinking of creating and selling jewelry, or even if you just want to repair some old items, here are some of the best jewelry supply sites to get you started.
JewelrySupply.com has all sorts of jewelry-making supplies.
They have gemstone beads and Swarovski crystals and all sorts of clasps and beading wire and tools. They have discounts for buying in bulk in addition to their everyday discounts. With such a plethora of items, this site is a one-stop-shop for supplies. They even sell books about making jewelry for when you're getting started and boxes for when you're ready to sell your creations.
Bead3 by BeadBuddies
Bead3 focuses on beading supplies.
Bead3 is an online store that was created by jewelry makers for jewelry makers. Because of their focus on beads this site has the widest variety of gemstone and other beads. They also have various stringing material and clasps and jewelry making kits. They have a good flat-rate shipping price and excellent prices for all of the supplies they offer.
House of Gems
House of Gems is another one-stop-shop for jewelry supplies.
House of Gems has a wide variety of materials, not just gemstones. They sell clasps and beading wire and tools. They don’t only have gemstone beads, they have wooden ones as well. They also sell chains. House of Gems has low prices, and also offers frequent buyer discounts. They have the best shipping rates. Orders over $25 ship free, and below $25 only ship for $1.99.
Fire Mountain Gems
Fire Mountain Gems has the widest variety of bead type.
Fire Mountain Gems not only has the standard gemstone, glass, and metal beads; they also have acrylic, wood, and porcelain beads. (Some of their porcelain beads are shaped like animals. They’re absolutely adorable). They offer discounts for buying in bulk. They also have jewelry-making supplies such as clasps and beading wire. Fire Mountain Gems is the most informational website. They have simple tips for and in-depth instructions for jewelry-making projects and even instructional videos for plenty of techniques.
GoodyBeads sells cabochon gemstones.
This place is the place to go if you intend on making higher-end jewelry that utilizes one large gemstone. They sell cabochons, which are made to be put in a setting for a ring or pendant. They do sell smaller gemstone beads for beading and they have plenty of supplies. They even sell mood beads so you can make some great ’70′s-inspired jewelry.
Art Beads has the most unique and artistic beads.
This site specializes in unique beads. They have lampwork beads and porcelain pendants. They even have canvas on wood pendants, which are miniature paintings printed on canvas. They sell basic supplies like clasps and wire. They also sell jewelry-making kits, which have all the supplies and instructions necessary for making unique bracelets, necklaces, earrings, or charms. They offer discounts for buying in bulk. Art Beads has shipping rates similar to House of Gems, with free shipping starting at orders over $10 and $1.99 for smaller orders.
Oriental Trading is actually a party-supply and crafts site.
Oriental Trading sells beads and basic beading supplies as well as party supplies. It’s a great place to go if you want to make holiday-themed creations. This is the place to go for decorations and craft supplies. They have really great prices and plenty of bead designs to choose from.
Beads Direct UK
Beads Direct is a jewelry supply store in the UK.
If you live in the UK, then this place is the place for you. They have many beading supplies, including different types of beads and wire. They also sell clasps and jewelry making equipment. Beads Directs offers free shipping in the UK for orders over £35.
Supplies to Get You Started
These are basic supplies you will need to start making jewelry. For more jewelry-making supplies to make jewelry-making easier, visit my article about essential jewelry-making supplies.
Beadalon 7-Piece Tool Kit
Here is a case with the bare essentials for
jewelry-making tools. It includes two types
of pliers, wire cutters, a bead scoop, tweezers,
and a storage area for your beads.
9-Piece Beadsmith Jewelry Pliers
A set of different types of pliers to fit your
various creating and repairing needs. Included
are chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flat nose
pliers, crimping pliers, and tweezers.
Craft Wire/Beading Wire Silver Plated
Wire for your beading needs. This is 20 gauge wire.
It's tarnish-resistant. This is a 11-yard spool.
Jewelry Maker's Lampwork Crystal Bead Mix
A set of approximately fifty beads to get you
started on making beaded jewelry. These are lampwork beads and most of them have cute
My Own Personal Creation
This is blue goldstone with sardonyx,
and rhodochrosite in the middle.
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