Jewellery making is a great creative outlet for people of all ages and creative ability. Regardless of your skill level, with the right materials, you can make stunning bracelets with ease. With a few basic must-haves, you can craft bracelets for yourself and to give as gifts to friends and family. Knowing what counts as essential supplies in a bracelet making kits helps you hone your craft and produce enviable bracelets.
Ensure the jewellery making kit includes bracelet making cord. It comes in a range of fabrics, or opt for jewellery wire, including sterling silver or gold plate to stainless steel and brass. As wire is more challenging to work with, it is not the best choice for beginners. However, it does provide a robust, long lasting finish that does not tear or fray. Moreover, leather bracelet cord is a popular choice, particularly when using only a handful of beads or charms. The inclusion of black leather cord produces a striking yet simple look. Leather also works well for plaited and woven bracelets, as it is easy to work with and very durable. Friendship bracelets are easy to make with high quality embroidery thread skeins. Additionally, strong and robust, elasticated jewellery cord suits slip-on bracelets as well as a standard clasp bracelet. It results in a durable item that does not snap or fray easily. When evaluating the cord, remember to consider the diameter and make sure it fits comfortably through threading holes in the beads and charms.
Bracelet making beads are among the most basic supplies. Even if you plan on making simple plaited or knotted friendship bracelets, you can still add unique style and a little sparkle by incorporating seed beads into your design. Options include glass seed beads, ceramic beads, or plastic pony beads. The colour choice is endless, and you can opt for matt, pearlescent, transparent, frosted, metallic, opaque, and fluorescent, to name a few. See if the included beads can achieve the looks you want, but ensure they are of the same or deliberately different sizes.
A bracelet making kit must have the necessary jewellery findings, such as clasps, jump rings, and spacers. Unless you plan on creating a slip-on bracelet or a tie-on bracelet, clasps are an absolute must-have. The choices include magnetic clasps, lobster clasps, and standard ring clasps. Jump rings sit at the end of both sides of the bracelet to attach and secure the clasp. Lastly, spacers sit between different beads and elements to provide contrast and simple details.