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Beading Group

Friends of Rogers Park Library
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Rogers Park Branch
6907 N Clark Street, 312-744-0156

Every 2nd Saturday of the month
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interested in making earrings, bracelets, and necklaces with beads but not sure where to start? Come talk to our beading gurus and trade tips with fellow beaders.

While we may have spare beads and tools for you to try out, you should have your own supplies and tools.

This is not a class or workshop.

List of Jewelry-making Supplies and Supplier, p1

Beads: (plastic, glass, crystal, semi-precious stones, stones, metal, wood, etc.) Found in all shapes & sizes. Holes in beads should be 1mm -2mm in size, unless using thicker wires, chains or cords. Buy spacer beads to separate beads.

Beading wire:
“fine” (.014 in. - .015 in.) wire is the best size wire for most beading,
“medium” (.018 in. or .019 in.) wire should be used for heavier beads
“very fine” (.010 in.) wire for small, lighter weight beads)
There is also memory wire primarily used for bracelets.
Beading wire brand names include:
Soft Flex's “Soft Flex”, “Metallics, “Soft Touch”, etc.
Beadsmith “Flex-rite”

Cord: Use stretch or elastic beading cord to make easy bracelets without clasps because they simply stretch over your hand. Not the best for necklaces which are heavier. A variety of other cords can be found from satin to string to nylon to the rope.

Clasps: toggle clasps, lobster claw clasps, magnetic clasps, barrel and torpedo clasps, hook, and eye and S clasps, spring ring clasps, etc.

Crimps: Used to close wires while adding clasps. Best size for most beading wire is 2mm x 2 mm. You can get a package of them that includes a variety of colors such as silver, gold, antique gold, copper, bronze and/or black.

List of Jewelry-making Supplies and Suppliers, pg 2

Crimp bead covers: Not essential, but give a more professional look to your bracelets and necklaces. These come in a variety of sizes and colors and like crimps, they can be found packaged in a nice mixture.

Wire Protectors: Not essential, but give extra protection to your beading wire with a closure. Again, these are found in a nice variety pack.

Jump rings and split rings: Used to connect clasps and pieces of jewelry. Again, these are found in a nice variety pack.

Earrings: earwires, posts, clips... There are a nice variety of styles. Ideally, using stainless steel, sterling silver, and 14kt gold- filled are best if you have any allergies to base metals.

Headpins and eyepins: Used mainly for earrings to attach beads. They come in different colors and lengths.


Glue: Best choices: E6000 (glues about everything), Hypo- cement (for small knots and tight places) and/or Special T illusion (dries flexible)

Crimp Pliers: Used to close crimps.

Bead bugs: Used to hold one or both ends of your wire or cord.
Note: binder clips from an office product store is a less expensive solution.
List of Jewelry-making Supplies and Suppliers, pg 3
Wire cutters: anything from scissors to jewelry wire cutters

Flat-nose pliers (with or without silicon coating to protect jewelry and jewelry findings)

Round-nose pliers (with or without silicon coating to protect jewelry and jewelry findings)

“Curve-nose” pliers (I'm not sure this is their real name, but it fits their description.)

Beadaholique https://www.beadaholique.com
nice selection
Oriental Trading Company http://www.orientaltrading.com
best deals
Etsy http://www.etsy.com
wonderful selection, but shipping is by an individual artist so it can get expensive.
Amazon* http://amazon.com http://smile.amazon.com
* I use the latter web address because I can designate to which charity I would like a percentage of my purchases to go to Amazon. Prices have gotten higher.
Michaels http://www.michaels.com
Always keep an eye out for their sales on beads online and in their stores.
Feel free to go to Walmart and other stores too.

List of Jewelry-making Supplies and Suppliers, pg 4

Local: Amazing selection. The best place to go!
AVP https://www.avpjewelry.com GRANVILLE LOCATION is closing end of January, but their Elston store will remain open. Great time to get bargains. It's just West of Broadway on Granville.

1206 W. Granville Ave. Chicago, IL 60660

Mon. : 11:00-5:00pm
Tues. : 11:00-3:00pm
Wed.- Fri. : 11:00 - 7:00 pm
Sat. : 11:00 - 6:00 pm
Sun. : 11:00 - 4:00 pm


3960 N Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
Mon. : 11:00-5:00pm
Tues. : 11:00-5:00pm
Wed.- Fri. : 11:00 - 7:00 pm
Sat. : 11:00 - 6:00 pm
Sun. : 11:00 - 4:00 pm

The Rogers Park Chicago Public Library has an excellent selection of books on Jewelry-making, including beading.

However, an inexpensive, small and easy to carry the book is Jewelry Making & Beading for Dummies Mini Edition. You can pick it up for a few bucks (if it isn't out of print).

This information was compiled by Chris Percival for Jacqueline Hui, Branch Manager at Rogers Park Chicago Public Library. 12-11-2017

Rogers Park Branch
6907 N Clark Street, 312-744-0156