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Guide to other findings

As well as clasps, earring findings and bails, there are a large number of other findings that are important for making jewellery.

Below, we give an explanation of the major types of other findings.

Headpins are lengths of wires with a small ball or a flat top (a head) at the end that prevents beads from falling off. Make sure that your bead hole is not larger than the the head of the pin, then slot the beads onto the pin. Using pliers, the pin can then be attached to your jewellery piece.

Also known as eye pins

Eyepins are similar headpins except instead of a head they have a small ring (the eye) at the end. Beads can be threaded onto the eye-pin and using the eye you can attach the eye pin onto other parts of your jewellery piece.

These are links (usually rings) that opens, they can be opened and shut using pliers.

They have a variety of uses that includes:
  • Joining to a clasp
  • Used as a divider between knot concealers
  • Making your own chains

Split rings

Also known as trigger clasp key rings They are like small key chain rings. They are used to attach charms, pendants and other interchangeable pieces of jewellery.

Unlike jumprings, these are rings that do not have a cut in it.

Also known as spacer Bars

These are used used to make multi-strand bracelets, necklaces and anklets.

For attaching pearls and other decorations.

Crimp beads

Also known as crimp pearls, crimp tubes

A crimp bead is a small bead or tube made of soft metal.

Using pliers It can be used to clamp together over wires or strings to attach a clasp to a necklace, bracelet or anklets.

It can be used to set a stop on a thread so that beads cannot fall off. It can also be used to bind together several wires or threads.

Crimp beads are closed using crimping pliers.

Also known as bell caps

Bead caps, are caps for beads, they are used to adorn beads and gemstones to enhance their attractiveness.

For best effect, you should usually use a bead cap that is similar in size or smaller than the bead you are using, this gives a good balance between the bead cap and keeping the bead or gemstone visible.

Also known as knot concealers, calottes, clam shells, knot Cups

Bead tips are used to hide knots and has an end that can be used to attach to jumprings and clasps.

Bead tips when closed looks like small metal beads, they are used to make jewellery pieces more attractive.

Ring base are used for making rings. They form the foundation of your ring design.

These are cabochon settings. Cabochons are attached to the cabochon settings using glue. The Cabochon settings can then be used as a pendant.

Also known as thong ends, folding crimps.

Using pliers, cord ends can be closed over stringing materials. The cord end will then grip the stringing materials. Cord ends have an eye (ring), that allows you to add a clasp.

Also known as ribbon ends.

These are used in a similar way to cord ends.

Using pliers, the jewellery clippers can be closed over stringing materials. The jewellery clipper will then grip the string materials. Jewellery clippers have an eye (ring), that allows you to add a clasp.

A kilt pin is a decorative pin that was traditionally worn on a kilt.

These are pendants that can open and shut. They be used to hold a small picture or photo inside the pendant as a keepsafe (a small item kept in memory of the person who gave it).

Also known as end cones, cone ends.

These are a type of findings. Cones are used to bring multiple strands of threads or wires together at one point.
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