Putting It Together: Adding Bead Jewelry Findings to Your Beading Supplies When you begin to experiment with beading and searching for beading supplies, you're going to need to know about findings. Bead jewelry findings are the components, often made of metal, that are used to turn a collection of beads into bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. You can find bead storage solutions here. Jewelry Clasps are used to connect the two ends of a piece of jewelry. Popular types of clasps include: Lobster Clasp - A spring mechanism keeps the clasp, resembling a lobster claw, closed until the lever is pushed. Very secure and easy to open and close. Toggle Clasp - A two-piece clasp that attaches to opposite ends of a piece of jewelry. Composed of a circle or other shape with an open center and a thick bar that attaches to the other end. The bar inserts into the circle shape to hold the jewelry secure. Hook and Eye Clasp - A curved hook on one end fits into a circular opening on the other. Box Clasp - This two-piece clasp opens when you compress a wedge-shaped piece of metal so that it slides out of the opening. Spring Ring Clasp - Opened by pushing a tiny lever in a ring, this old standby is hard for some people to open, but it's cheap and secure. Barrel Clasp – A simple screw together, two-piece clasp. May come undone easily. You can find other beading ideas here. Earring Findings - As you stock up on beading supplies, you’ll discover that you also need some bead jewelry findings that are specifically for earrings: Ear Posts - Features a stick or post in the back that goes through the piercing. Lever Back Ear Wires - Also called Euro wires, this type is more secure than others as the lever secures the earring. French Ear Wires - Called fishhooks, shepherd hooks, or ear hooks, they are available in a variety of metals or you can make your own. Ear Clip - For folks without pierced ears, this style clips securely in place. Ear Threaders - Long pieces of chain that thread through the piercing leaving a length of chain on either side. Chandelier - Often large, these metallic plates connect to the earring wire or post. Hoops - Stiff, round hoops that can be threaded with beads. Ear Nuts - The earring back that keeps the earring secured. More bead designs can be found here. Other Vital Beading Supplies: Crimp Beads and Tubes - Used when stringing beads on beading wire to finish ends securely to the clasp. Head Pins - For connecting beads, this metal stick has a horizontal piece on the end to help beads stay on the pin. Eye Pins - For connecting beads, this metal stick has a loop on one end rather than a horizontal piece. Jump Rings - A metal ring that connects one finding to another.
Charms - Anything that can be suspended from a piece of jewelry. Bead Caps - Add detail to one or both ends of a bead. Spacer Bars - Separate multiple strands of beads. Cones - Cover the ends of multiple strand designs. Bead Tips - Finish off a length of beads and join the thread to a clasp. Bead jewelry findings are the core elements of your beading supplies. They are the workhorses that hold your designs together, provide the structure, and perhaps add to the overall decorative design. You'll want to collect a wide selection!