“ Brand: Beadsmith / Type: Craft Supplies / Age: 8 Years+ „
Jewellery making is a relatively new hobby that I started about a year ago. At first I only bought 1 pair of multi-purpose pliers as I thought that would do the job, but I quickly discovered that to make my creations more professional I would need a lot more tools.
So I splashed out on the Beadsmith Deluxe Beaders Jewellery Making Tool Kit. I bought it brand new from Ebay for £29.99 plus 75p postage (back in May 2008), which seems like a lot of money, but I had a lot more disposable income back then!
However, you do get a lot for your money and this 9-piece tool set comes in a lovely purple leatherette carry case, which measures 6.5 inches wide, 8.75 inches long and 1.25 inches thick when closed. When you unzip the case, it unfolds like an open book and the tools are held in place with thick elastic, with 4 tools on one side and 5 tools on the other side.
Included in the set are:
- Chain Nose Pliers (tips 1mm wide)
- Round Nose Pliers (tips 1mm wide)
- Side Cutters
- Nylon Jaw Flat Nose Pliers
- Crimping Pliers (standard size - ideal for 1x2 and 2x2 crimp beads/tubes))
- Knot Cutter - thread and string cutting tool
- Knotting Tweezer
- Split Ring Tweezer
The case is sheathed in a cardboard case and this is worth keeping as there is some really useful information on the back. There is a picture of inside the case with all the tools positioned and they have written the name of each tool next to a reference number. This is perfect for a complete beginner who is clueless as to what the different tools are! Unfortunately the tools themselves don't have a tool name or reference number written on them, so you will have to put the tools back into the same place in the case when you've finished using them if you want the diagram to be of any use. On the back of the cardboard sheath there are also diagrams and instructions on how to use crimping pliers, which is really handy.
Beadsmith are a big brand when it comes to jewellery making, so I expected the tools to be of excellent quality and I wasn't disappointed. They are full size and are double sprung for ease of use. All the tools have the word Beadsmith etched onto them, which I think is a nice touch and assures me of a good quality product.
The 4 main pliers (round nose, side cutter, chain nose and nylon jaw) all have handles covered in smooth purple PVC. This makes them very easy to handle and the double springs means they don't make my hands ache after using them for a while. They are box-jointed, which means they are stronger and tend to last longer than the cheaper lap-jointed pliers. Compared to my cheap multi-purpose pliers, these Beadsmith ones are a real pleasure to use.
The Knot Cutter and Crimping Plier tools have blue handles and the latter has some nice ridges on the handles for better grip. These two tools have the words 'Safety Glasses' on the handles to remind you to safeguard your eyes.
To be honest I haven't had much use for the two pairs of Tweezers or the ScoopEEZ yet, but they are made from stainless steel and appear to be really good quality.
This is a great set for someone new to jewellery making and who needs all the necessary tools to get started. I think that at the price I paid this set is excellent value for money, as a pair of Beadsmith pliers on their own can cost around £5. I love that it comes in its own case to keep well protected and in good condition.
Available from Sanctuary Beads on Ebay for £34.99 (free P&P).
Set contains several different nose pliers and tweezers.