Starting to make jewelry for the first time: What Do I Need?

Crash Course: What tools are needed and for a beginner for making necklaces and bracelets and earrings?

Veteran jewelry makers, what advice would you give?
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Buy the best tools you can afford
by: Christine ~admin how-to-make-jewelry.com

Definitely buy the best tools you can afford. It will end up costing you less in the long run. I've thrown out at least a dozen pliers before I bit the bullet and bought some great quality Lindstroms which have made all the difference in how much ease, and how much pleasure I get from making jewelry.

As a beginner though, at $45-$75 a pair, I wouldn't suggest that quite yet. For half the price, you can get some good German box-joint pliers that are almost as good as the Lindstrom top of the line.

Here is a perfect tool set for a beginner wire worker or for anyone stringing or making earrings of any kind. You need tools that cut, make loops, twist loops open, and close them up without twisting out of shape or marring. Of course you also need pliers to just hold onto the tiny bits too.

Here are the five tools I use the most, and the ones you can use to make all sorts of jewelry:

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