Category: Other Findings

Do you know what findings are? Well, if you haven’t a clue, don’t worry – this section will give you all the information you need.

So, let me start at the beginning. If you’re making a necklace, a bracelet, or a pair of earrings, you’re going to need a few ‘odd’ materials. These won’t be beads, or stringing material. I’m talking about things like rings to join components, end caps to give a neat finish, or crimps to hold everything together. Collectively, these components are all called ‘findings’.

And I can tell you now, you’re about to discover things that you never could have imagined existed. What’s more, you will soon be discovering just how essential they are.

So, how do you know what to choose? How do you use these things? Where do you buy them? These are all questions that I will be answering in this section.

Why other findings?

If you didn’t read the beading supplies introduction, then you might be wondering why I’ve used the term ‘other’ in this context.

You see, clasps are also a type of jewellery ‘finding’. But there is such a huge range of clasps that I decided to give them a section all on their own. (If you need to find out about clasps, then this link will take you to that section).

So, that leaves everything else. I’ve just named a few items above, but there are so many more. If you’re just starting out, all these weird components will certainly seem very confusing.

So, you’re in the right place. If you’re puzzled about a term you’ve just come across in a tutorial, then have a look through and see if I’ve covered it. Or maybe you’re just curious. Have a browse through and see the kind of things you may find yourself using.

If I haven’t yet written about the thing you’re looking for, then you can use this link to ask me.

End caps for beading, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

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