BeadsNfashion Finding Glossary

Findings Glossary

Jewellery findings help you connect the parts and pieces or jewellery components that make up a finished jewellery piece.

Bail                                                                                                                            

A bail (also spelled "bale") is a component of certain types of jewellery, mostly necklaces, that is used to attach a pendant or stone. The bail is normally placed in the centre of the necklace where the pendant hangs. Some bails are made so a pendant can be attached after the necklace production is completed.

Bead Cone                                                                                                               

Bead Cone conceals knots, crimp beads, or chain ends and connects the beadwork to the clasp or other findings. Cones are useful when you are merging multiple strands toward a single clasp.

Cord End                                                                                                                  

Cord end is used to fasten leather, fabric cords and beading chains. To attach, slip the end of the cord or chain into the hollow cord end, then crimp with chain nose pliers

Spacer                                                                                                                      

Spacer bars can come with two, three, four or even five holes and are frequently used to separate strands in a necklace or bracelet. They are frequently used between other types of beads to make them stand out more.  Tube beads and connector beads are kinds of spacer beads.

Ball Chain Connectors                                                                                           

Finishing your ball chain designs is not hard. We have good variety of nifty, attractive ball chain connectors and clasps in a wide variety of sizes and materials, including sterling silver, gold, gunmetal, antique brass and copper.

Pins                                                                                                                             

Pins are used in assembling jewellery, especially earrings. There are different kinds of Pins. Head pin, Eye pin, Ball pin and Spiral pin.

Head Pins                                                                                                                  

Head pins a stick with a flat end - or "head" - on one end of the stick. They come in all kinds of different metals such as brass, silver, and gold. They also come in different sizes or gauges of metal. The size gauge you want will depend on the bead you want to slip onto the head pin.

Eye Pins                                                                                                                    

Eye pins have a loop at one end instead of a flat head. This loop can be connected to other findings. Chain can be created from these loops.

Ball pins                                                                                                                   

Ball Head pins add an elegant flair and decorative finish to end of beads.

Lobster Claw Clasp                                                                                               

Lobster claw clasps are the most popular clasp. Available in different sizes, styles and materials.  The claw catches a jump ring, loop or piece of chain on the other end of a bracelet or necklace.

Toggle                                                                                                                       

Toggle clasps are an easy-to-fasten, way to finish a necklace or bracelet. Attach the toggle to one end of your jewellery & the toggle ring to the other.  The bar is longer than the ring to keep the clasp secured. Available and used for both single- or multi-strand designs.

Box Clasps                                                                                                              

Box clasps are a beautiful way to finish necklaces or bracelets. The smaller side of a box clasp slides into the larger and locks into place.  This clasp can bring a delicate, classic look to any of your necklace and bracelet.

Screw Clasps     

It combines features of bead clasp and barrel clasp. This consists of two short barrels with screws that connect are most secure way to connect bracelet and necklace.

Spring Ring                                                                                                               

Like a lobster claw clasp, a spring ring clasp is round with a spring-loaded mechanism that closes around a loop or a jump ring.

Barrel Clasp                                                                                                             

A method of securing two ends of a chain together by having one half of a fitting screw into the other half. When the two halves are joined together they resemble a barrel.

Swivel Clasp                                                                                                           

Swivel base allows designs to twist 360 degrees while the clasp stays in place. It’s a classic, popular clasp choice, lobster claw clasps use from a spring-loaded mechanism to keep the clasp securely closed. Choose a jump ring or split ring to attach to the other end of your bracelet or necklace for the claw to grab on to.

S hooks                                                                                                                    

S hooks have eye catches on each side of S hook.

Fish Hooks Wire                                                                                                   

finding made to be used for earrings. It is shaped like a fishhook that is threaded Through the hole in the earlobe of a pierced ear. This is the earliest type of earring finding.

Loops                                                                                                                    

This is most basic skills to make loops in jewellery wire. P loops, Eye Loops, Open Loops, Wrapped Loops and Figure 8 Connectors are kinds of loop which can be made.

Ear Stud                                                                                                                

A small piece of jewelry with a whole pierced in the centre designed to be held onto the ear with a stud earring

Kidney Ear Wire                                                                                                  

Kidney ear wires, shaped like hooks, are lightweight, elegant earring findings. This hook is more secured as they are closed as opposed to fish hooks which are open.

Hook and eye Clasp                                                                                           

A hook and eye clasp looks like its name. Attach the hook to one end of your jewellery and the eye to the other. To fasten, catch the eye with the hook.

 

Crimp Beads                                                                                                       

Crimp beads are small tubular or round beads that are used to secure a clasp to flexible beading wire and other stringing material that cannot be knotted. When crimped with a crimping tool, a crimp bead will have smooth, rounded edges and will be most securely attached.

 

End Bar Link                                                                                                        

End bar links serve as a transitional finding for single- and multi-strand designs. They can also connect multi-strand pieces to other findings. They have one loop on one side and multiple loops on the other.

 

Jump Ring                                                                                                            

Jump rings are small rings used to attach wire elements or charms to other elements. Jump rings can be opened and re-closed with pliers. Closed jump rings are stronger as they have been soldered.

 

Split Ring                                                                                                

Split rings, which resemble key rings, have a double loop of wire, which is more secure than jump rings. Be careful not to spread the two rings too far apart when attaching a split ring; use a split ring pliers

Charms and Pendants                                                                        

Beadsnfashion has an incredibly wide and charmingly amazing selection of charms and pendants! Charms and pendants are jewellery with a single loop or hole near the edge that makes it easy to attach them to a chain or cord

 

Bezels                                                                                                                      

It’s a metal case or rim into which a gemstone is set. It is a technique of setting a stone in jewellery. The stone is held in place by first soldering the bezel, or metal ring, to the base of the jewellery piece. The stone is inserted & the metal is compressed tightly around the stone.

Extender Chain                                                                                     

It is a chain, which may be attached to another chain in order to increase the length.

Memory Wire                                                                                       

Memory wire‘s core is steel. the wire is available in different size. Bracelets or other items with multiple coils, not just one, for a multiple-layer look can be made by this wire.  Strong Wire Cutter is required while making jewellery with memory wire. Beads can be sticked to end of cut wire as it is sharp. Tiny loops can be made at ends by using wire looping pliers.

Soutache Cord                                                                                                        

Soutache is a narrow, flat braid in a herringbone pattern.   The soutache cord is used differently with jewellery making and bead embroidery.

Silk Thread                                                                                                              

Silk is the traditional stringing material for beaders . It is 100% silk, perfect for knotting in between tiny pearls. Use it for loom work or off-loom bead weaving.  Fraying may occur as this is twisted thread, so we recommend using wax for ease of use.

Nylon Thread                                                                                                            

This is strong and durable for loom and off loom bead weaving

BEAD TIPS                                                                                                                  

A metal Finding used to finish off a strung necklace or bracelet by hiding the stringing knots. The knot sits inside the concave piece of the tip which is then folded over and closed shut. The loop is used to attach the bead tip to the clasp. 

Copper wire                                                                                                                

They are good for practicing wire wrapping techniques and also can be used for crafts & Home decor. Available in different size.

Aluminium wire                                                                                                         

 This wire is soft enough to manipulate without the use of tools. IT can be used for wire-wrapped jewellery, craft applications and home decor.

Rhinestone Chain                                                                                                    

This is ready to use chain. Gives extra sparkle to jewellery. Used for necklace and dangling earrings. Also can be sewed into fabrics, ribbons etc.

Metal Chain                                                                                                                

Chains give glamour to your jewellery. Available in attractive and versatile designs. It can serve as a primary design element and a functional extension to a finding.

Embellishments: Ghungharoo (bells)                                                                  

Ghungharoo can be used in different ways. They can add sparkle to cloths. They may or may not have clappers. They are hollow with a split along the bottom edge, so they make a pleasant sound, but they don't ring loudly.

Brooch pin                                                                                                                  

brooch is a decorative jewellery item designed to be attached to garments, often to hold them closed. It is usually made of metal, often silver or gold but sometimes bronze or some other material

Earring Post                                                                                                              

These go straight through your ear and are secured with small clutch earring backs. Earring Backs are sold separately. Customize jewellery by using this base.

Clip ons  

Earrings for non pierced ears so it allows you to wear favourite post earrings

Earring Nuts  

Also known as earring backs. It is sold separately. Available in different base material. It helps to keep an ear post secured

Hair clips                                                                                                                      

Also knows as French barrette. Decorate them with pearls, wrap with wires or filigree.

Leather cord                                                                                                               

It’s a natural material. Works best for chunky pendants, beads work, bracelets. Leather gives clean look. They are durable and smooth

Braided Leather cord                                                                                               

There are two kinds of braided cord round and flat .Available in different size and colours

Elastic cord                                                                                                                 

Used for quick easy and slip on bracelet. Does not require clasp, can be knotted and used with crimp beads.

Tiger Tail Wire                                                                                                            

A thin wire encased in nylon often used in beaded jewellery, and that is best for stringing heavy beads and sharp beads, which tend to fray other kinds of thread. It can be used without needle.

Colour Cord                                                                                                                 

Colour cords also known as Rattail or Satin cords. They can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, costume trim, bridal wear or gown embellishment, drawstrings, Celtic knotting, Chinese knotting, Japanese braiding (Kumihimo), macramé, crocheting, knitting, weaving, fibre art etc

Cotton Cord                                                                                                                  

Available in different colours and use for necklace and bracelets

Key chain with rings                                                                                                  

keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal or plastic, which connects a small item to a key ring. The length of a keychain allows an item to be used more easily than if connected directly to a key ring. Some key chains allow one or both ends the ability to rotate, keeping the keychain from becoming twisted, while the item is being used.

 

Finger Base                                                                                                                  

Adjustable finger ring base are available to make your personalized design. Available in different metal colour like gold, silver, brass.

 

Quilling Paper                                                                                                               

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The art or craft of making decorative designs out of thin strips of rolled paper

Terracotta Moulds                                                                                                         

Used for making terracotta jewellery made of silicon. Available in different shapes.

Chaton                                                                                                                           

A Jewellery setting where the stone is held in place by metal claws. This term also refers to a foil backed cone shaped crystal or stone where the top circular edge is bevelled running to a point on the underside. Some chatons are designed to be set and used in chain work and therefore do not have the foil backing. These chatons are faceted the same on both sides.