Topics: Tools, Quality

I am a beginning beader and there are a large number of tools to select from. Are the higher priced tools that much better and why? What tool sets would you recommend buying?
- Terry
General beading, including stringing to make necklaces and bracelets requires very little in terms of handtools. The most important tools would be a good nipper to make a clean cut of the stringing wire and a crimping tool to secure the clasp.

You may find a need to close a crimp cover or feed a small metal part on with a pair of chain-nose pliers. In these cases, economy pliers will work fine as long as it does not have serrated edges. These types of pliers are more suited for crafting projects.

Economy tool sets are a great value for the beginning beader. Tool sets typically include a chain-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and a flush-cutter. As you become more skilled in your craft, you may find a need for a specialty pliers or a finer set of tools.

- Sandra Lupo, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist and Instructor

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