ing wire ends.

Tape measures and rulers arc used in this book to determine where to cut wire and thread, Ihey are also helpful for checking jewelry lengths and bead and finding si/es. ( hoose one that has both standard and metric markings.

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English beading needles

Beading Tools

Bead stops at strong clips arc used to keep your heads from sliding oil die end of your stringing material while you bead. I hey are most often used

with flexible beading wire.

Beading needles are extremely thin pieces of stiff wire (about the width of a piece of thread) that have a tiny hole on one end and a very sharp point on the other. I he most popular for beading include English heading needles, which are especially thin and long, and sharp needles, which have a stronger body and are somewhat shorter.

Embroidery scissors are very sharp scissors with pointed blades. They arc used for cutting beading thread.

Ihread burners, or lighters, help hide the clipped ends of synthetic threads bv melting them into a tinv ball. Ihread

burners are very precise they have a wire end that, once warmed up, can be placed against the end of the thread and the thread melts away. A lighter does the same job, but it isn't as precise.

A variety of bead stops

A variety of bead stops

Beading mats arc used to make sure your beads don't roll off your work surface and onto the Hoor. Most headers prefer mats that are made out of the thick, synthetic no-loop fabric used to make the type of blankets often found in hotels. I )ishcloths or pieces of felt work well. too.

Thread burner

Special Tools

Jeweler's hammers arc used in this hook lor flattening, hardening, and texturizing wire.

Steel blocks. or bench blocks, are thick, smooth chunks of steel upon which you can hammer wire.

Vises are very heavy clamps that are often mounted to a work bench. Use this tool for holding pieces in place while vou drill or hammer them.

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