The art of jewelry making is available to children and adults of all ages and skill levels. Endless types of handcrafted jewelry can be created through the use of different materials, tools, and supplies. Complete one or more pieces of jewelry with the convenience of jewelry-making kits, which can include instructions, stringing materials, beads, findings, and sometime tools like needle-nosed pliers or wire clippers. Expand skill and technique by becoming familiar with the components of jewelry and the types of kits available to help beginner and advanced designers alike access this timeless craft.
Jewelry cord, thread, and wire are materials that can be used to string and weave beads for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets, and more. Stringing materials come in a variety of textures, thicknesses, and elasticities to provide strength, durability, and style.
Jewelry cord is widely used in beginner and children’s jewelry-making kits due to its elasticity, thickness, and durability. Cord has a tendency not to fray, and returns to its original shape after stretching. Cord is available in a variety of colors and in materials like elastic, cotton, and nylon, as well as real or faux leather, to make bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and more.
Jewelry thread is ideal for beading and weaving jewelry-making kits because of its strength, versatility, and durability, and can be used for necklaces, bracelets, rings, anklets, and more. Thread is available in various thicknesses to support small beads, as well as the largest stones. Thread is available in a variety of colors as silk, monofilament, and resin materials.
Silk is a light, sleek material available in myriad colors. Due to its tendency to fray, silk is recommended for beaded jewelry-making kits, or as an accent with woven jewelry kits.
Monofilament is a light, durable, and readily available material for use with beginner and children’s beading jewelry-making kits. Monofilament can easily be tied easily, reducing the need for tools.
Resin materials may contain chemicals that are not recommended for children. Resin materials offer strength and durability, as well as a wide range of color options for woven and beaded jewelry-making kits.
Jewelry wire is popular for making fine jewelry, and comes in beginner to advanced jewelry kits for use in beaded and crystal wire designs. Jewelry wire is available in various thicknesses and shapes to enhance the quality, strength, and texture of the intended design. Wire is available in a variety of metals, including copper, silver, and gold.
Copper is a strong metal with a rustic, earthy color. Copper may darken or discolor over time, causing a patina effect, which can be easily polished if desired.
Silver is a strong, precious metal that has a white color. Silver can be easily polished to retain the overall condition and shine.