Your Guide To Jewellery Findings
If you're a jewellery making beginner, it can be overwhelming trying to understand what findings you need for your designs.
In this guide, we share the most popular jewellery findings and talk you through what their uses are and how they can help you create interesting and unique designs. Jewellery findings usually have various styles, which means you can choose the style suitable for you and your designs.
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There are various styles of earring findings to choose from including earwires, earstuds, hoops and threaders. You can simply attach your favourite stones using jewellery settings, hang wire wrapped beads or dangle your favourite charms. Using earwires is such an easy way to create quick and simply earring designs. At Kernowcraft, we have a range of styles to choose from including high quality earring settings for cabochons and faceted stones.
Jump rings are essential for attaching components of your designs together. You can choose from open jump rings which can be twisted open using snipe nose pliers, or closed jump rings that cannot be opened.
Split rings differ to jump rings - they are like a double coil of wire, similar to a keyring so you can simply thread them around until they are fully attached to your thread, wire or component. The double loop means that there is no gap for fine thread or wire to slip through, so these are brilliant for beaded creations and hanging pendants from necklaces.
Headpins are great if you want to create beaded designs such as earring drops or charms. They are long piece of wire with a head on the top that is flattened or in the shape of a ball to act as a bead stopper. You can trim headpins using side cutters to suit your design.
An eye pin is great for using as a connector and for creating earrings by hanging beads and charms from the loop or threading them onto wire. The eye simply twists open to attach to an earring and other components. You can thread your chosen beads onto the eye pin and either crimp the end to secure or create another loop the other end to create a link.
Jewellery clasps are essential for fastening your necklace and bracelet designs. There are various clasps to choose from such as toggle clasps, screw fasteners, magnetic clasps, bolt rings, carabiner clasps and hooks. Clasps need to be attached using the help of jump rings.
A bail is a popular jewellery finding, used to attach a stone. It usually sits within the centre or hangs from the top of the pendant being a focal piece on the design. Various styles of bail are available including glue-on bails which are glued to the centre of a stone or pendant, spring bail which makes a charm easy to attach to a chain.
Featuring our glue-on leaf bail - great for using with sea glass!
Bell caps are used to attach stones and unusual shaped items that can be used to attach to earrings, necklaces or bracelets. All you need is Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy Glue for securing your chosen stone. Bell caps can be added to earwires, chain or used as a pretty charm on a bracelet.
A peg with loop is a popular choice when setting half drilled or top drilled beads. Simply use Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy Glue to the peg and set your chosen bead. You can then use a jump ring to attach your component to pendants, earrings or use as a charm on bracelets.
Wire guardians also known as thread protectors are a great alternative to gimp wire. They are used to prevent stringing material from wearing against your findings. All you need to do is feed your thread or wire (up to 0.8mm) through the protector and then thread your fastener, necklace end or jump ring over the top. You will also need to slide a crimp on first to crimp the thread back onto itself.
End caps are used for placing over the ends of your chosen thread. There are various styles to choose from such as box style where you fold the sides over to secure, pinch style end cords where you can use snipe nose pliers to squeeze them closed or end cords that you simply glue onto the end of your thread. They have loops on the end, making it easy to connect with your favourite clasp.