Glossary of Beading Terms

W

Wingspan

A length of thread that is the distance between your two arms outstretched.

Wire

Wire

Thin strands of metal wire provide a stringing material that is both strong and stiff enough to add structure to a beaded project. Wire is sold in different sizes which are called gauges, with smaller numbers being thicker.

Wire Cutters

Wire Cutters

A tool used to cut metal wire or beading wire. Diagonal wire cutters should cut flush. Be sure to buy yours at a craft or bead shop: hardware store cutters and pliers are usually too large and imprecise for jewelry making.