There are some jewellery supplies that are essential to most jewellery makers, and even as a hobby, it will become necessary to accumulate your personal collection of items, such as pearls, gems, and beads.
There may be thousands of stores, websites and locations where you may be able to purchase your jewellery supplies, but before you begin, you should have a definite idea of what you need. It will depend on the type of project, and what design elements you need to use, in addition to the types of beads with which you need to work.
Some of your essential jewellery supplies can be obtained at your local bead store, or perhaps at any arts and craft show. It may be the best place to start, as you can have a tactile contact with the material.
Take your time and touch and handle the material to appreciate how it feels in your hands. Examine the colour and the quality, as well as the weight. This becomes extremely important if you are creating objects that will be worn.
If you already know what you need and are ready to accumulate bigger quantities of your essential jewellery supplies, buying in bulk may be to your advantage. Some locations or sites may have a minimum order quantity of $30 to $50, plus a fee for shipping.
Before buying any of your jewellery supplies in bulk, you should make a list of then items that you may need. Avoid making a common mistake of buying jewellery supplies in bulk, simply because it may be cheaper. Beads are one of the essential jewellery supplies that are much better to buy in bulk, as are pearls, crystals, and stringing materials such as threads and wires.
Always exercise some caution when buying on the Internet, and read the fine print. Stones and beads may look alike and have similar names.
If and when your hobby becomes full-blown or you believe that you can turn it into a profession, you should become delighted to visit local bead shows, or browse trade magazines to find more jewellery supplies. It should be relatively easy to find more shows in your area, as the ads for the shows are usually posted months ahead, giving you ample time for proper planning and budgeting. There are other great benefits to attending shows, where you can find unusual jewellery supplies for special projects, but you also get the chance to meet other involved in your hobby or business.
If you have to travel to a show, it can also be of a benefit as you can turn it into a vacation. Do not be afraid to add some sightseeing on your itinerary, and the added benefit is that it may even be used as a tax deduction.