Like silver and gold jewelry, bead accessories never become obsolete as fashion items, and making them can be a fun, low-capital, and profitable sideline or full-time business for the creative and industrious.
This is all you will need to purchase your main tools—a pair of 2-in-1 pliers and a long-nosed one —and several packs of beads and stones.
There are different bead-making techniques, such as looping, stringing, brooch-making, and knotting. For this project, however, the stringing technique will be used. It requires wire or string to hold the beads together.
All of the raw materials for making dangling earrings and necklaces can be bought at Divisoria, Manila, and at the Wellmanson Sewing Nation store in Villalobos St. Quiapo, Manila. For tips on where to source supplies and prices, click here.
To make dangling bead earrings, you will need the following materials:
20 cm gauge no. 5 cable wire, P60 per roll
16 pcs spacers from O-ring chain, P50 for 20 pcs.
2 pcs bead stoppers, P25 for 1,000 pcs
2 pcs fish hooks, P30 for 100 pcs
4 pcs blue glass bead, P22 for 6 pcs
4 pcs yellow citrine, P5 per pc
4 pcs pearl stone, P5 per pc.
10 inches chains, P75 for 4 yards
8 pcs coral beads, P70 per string of beads
8 pcs Class A rainbow crystals, P120 per 30 pcs
2 pcs teardrop or elongated bead, P120 per 30 pcs
Spacers are any of the minute accessories used in-between beads to provide aesthetic spaces between them. They come in different forms, with metallic and ring spacers as the most common ones.