Tips On How To Organize Beads For Jewelry Making

Jewelry making is a fun hobby, and can even be profitable, but the beads for jewelry making can quickly become too much to handle. You can spend a lot of money trying to buy storage resolution for your beads for making of jewelry, or you could try using some of these storage tips.

Baby food jars-
Baby food jars make perfect storage containers for beads for jewelry making. Every town has several babies in it and most mothers would save the jars for you if you asked them to. You can post an advertisement on your Facebook page telling your friends about your need for these containers. Clean the containers thoroughly and remove the labels. You instantly have places for your beads, clasps, and other small making parts.

You can store the jars filled with beads for making of jewelry on shelves, and arrange them according to bead sizes, or bead colors, or bead types. You can use a screw and screw the lid that fits the jar to a board and then you will have created suspended storage jars. The jars are easy to pack along with you when you travel to a friend’s house for a jewelry making session.

Baby Wipe Containers
The plastic boxes that baby wipes come in are perfect for putting beads for jewelry making in. These boxes are great for larger beads, and they are not breakable like baby food jars are. The wipe containers will stack neatly on shelves and you can use a permanent marker to label them so that you easily know what types of beads are inside, what color beads are inside, and what size beads are inside. If you have a large amount of a particular bead this storage solution will help you keep them organized.

Snack Bags
Snack bags are small plastic storage bags that are sold in grocery stores. They are the perfect size to hold about 20 grapes, or enough cookies to make a good afternoon snack. These bags are not very expensive and they make a good storage solution for beads for jewelry making. The bags can easily be stored in a drawer, on a shelf, in a large tote bag, or in a plastic box. They are excellent if you travel with your jewelry making supplies because they are light weight and versatile.

Peanut Butter Jars
Peanut butter jars, the jars that come with mayonnaise in them, and all other jars can be thoroughly washed and then used to store, organize and assemble your jewelry making supplies.

Organizing the beads by size, color, materials, cost, and design, will allow you to quickly assemble the ones you want to use on a project. If you do not have to dig around to see what materials you have you will make more items, and have more fun doing so.

You will also spend less money if your beads for jewelry making are organized in containers. You will not be apt to buy duplicate beads if you have a way of quickly taking inventory of what you have.

Jewelry – Making DIY Basics – What is a Headpin?

Find the right jewelry findings quicker and talk with other industrial professionals intelligently and enhance your jewelry making credibility by using correct terminology for the jewelry making supplies you need.

Definition of Jewelry Findings
In jewelry making, “jewelry findings” are components of jewelry less than a finished piece.

Definition of Headpin
A headpin is a long, thin piece of wire with a “head” – a flattened piece of metal bigger than the diameter of the wire that acts as a stop to beads on the wire. The opposite end of the headpin is flush cut, not sharp as with straight pins used in sewing. Fancy headpins may have round beads, granulated silver patterns, crystals or other embellishment instead of a simple flattened head.

How are Headpins Used?
Designers use headpins to create links or dangles with charms or beads wire wrapped onto the pin. Beads will usually rest against the head on a dangle. The jewelry maker twists and wraps the top of the pin into a loop which can be strung on stranded beading wire, silk or another jewelry fiber or attached to a clasp with a jump ring or split ring.

To create a link, the jewelry maker will wrap a loop with the head end of the pin, put beads and charms in the middle of the pin (above the first loop), then wire wrap a second loop. These links can be used “in line” – between two sections of chains or strung beads.

Headpin Materials

Headpins are available in many metals:

silver and
silver-plated brass
gold-plated brass,
bright copper or antique copper plated brass
antique brass
gunmetal plated brass
imitation rhodium plated brass
nickel plated brass

Occasionally, one may find copper-based headpins. However, since copper prices usually exceed brass prices, brass headpins are much more common. Other exotic headpin materials include titanium, which can be anodized into many different colors.

A serious jewelry designer needs an awareness of different headpin wire diameters and the hole sizes of beads she may use in jewelry designs. Freshwater pearls and gemstones sourced in India often require very thin headpins for small holes. Thick headpins may match a bold jewelry design better than a thin headpin. One may need a small stop bead on a headpin to keep a bead with a large hole from falling off the headpin.


Headpins come in a wide variety of shapes, designs and prices. After mastering simple jewelry construction using stringing methods, learning to use headpins and wire wraps will dramatically extend the possibilities in jewelry design. Dangles and in-line links take jewelry styles to another level over jewelry made from stringing techniques alone.