Glossary of Beading Terms

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Name Beads

Name Beads

Beads with letters on them that can be used to spell names or other words. Also called alphabet beads.

Needle Nose Pliers

Needle Nose Pliers

Also known as long nose or pinched nose pliers because of their appearance, they often have wire cutters built into them. They’re usually made of steel and have rubber handles you can easily grip. When shopping for pliers, be sure to get jewelry pliers rather than electrical or hardware tools.

Needles

Needles

For regular stringing, twisted-wire needles work well as the large eye closes to fit through the beads. For seed beads, use beading needles. These resemble sewing needles but are usually longer and thinner. The larger the number, the thinner the needle (to match sizes of seed beads).