Making beaded jewelry is a craft that lots of fun and it's a way to wear jewelry that's uniquely yours. You can make beaded jewelry to match an outfit, including a watch. Many people are making and selling jewelry as a way to supplement their income because the market is very challenging with millions of jobs lost since the start of the recession.
Beading jewelry can be a very profitable niche because it fairly inexpensive to get started. The supplies for a basic beaded necklace would be beads, bead board, stringing wire, clasps, crimp beads and a Crimp tool. Crimp beads are small metal tubes that are squeezed tight around beading wire with a crimp tool to hold beads in place. They allow you to easily attach a clasp to the end of your design.
As you get more advanced with beading jewelry you will to add items like wire cutters, flat-nose, rounded nose pliers and chain nose. There may be other supplies you may need according to the style of jewelry you would like to create.
Some people use the clay free form while others use molds for their creations. There is a little bit of a learning curve working with clay, and you mostly learn by trial and error. The completed clay piece has to be baked and the baking time is included on the package.
A pasta machine is good to prep your clay and it does make mixing colors and creating designs easier. The machine also produces smooth and even sheets of clay to craft jewelry and home accents but you don't necessarily need it as a beginner. A brayer is less expensive and can be used instead of a pasta machine.