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Would you like to make beaded jewelry as a great source of extra income? If so, then buying your beading supplies online can save you a small fortune. Top jewelry sellers on sites like Etsy make beautiful beaded jewelry and crafts and sell them for profit because they know the secrets to buying beads online.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Let's take a look at the top three reasons why it's better to buy online:

1. Price. I can guarantee that you will save money if you buy beads online. Do a quick comparison with normal store prices versus online wholesale… you'll be amazed by the difference! Whey you buy beads online, you are effectively cutting out the “middle man” – and that is reflected in the lower prices you'll pay!

2. Choice and variety. Any type of bead you can think of, you can buy online! Glass, bone, ceramic, wooden, kashmiri… the choice is yours. Online suppliers are not limited by space, nor do they run out of stock. When you buy online, you'll see pictures and there will be great descriptions.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

3. Convenience. No more driving to out-of-town craft stores… when you buy beads online, you can place your order 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

So now that you know why it's smarter to buy beads online, the big question is: how to find the best sources?

1. The first step is the search engines! Just search for “wholesale beads” in Google or any search engine, and dozens of online bead stores will come up.

2. Have a look at the top 5 sites and do some comparisons. It's a good idea to register at several sites so that you can receive news of special sales or can easily contact the wholesaler in event of a query.

3. One of my favorite tricks is to look on page 3 or 4 of of the search results. These sites might not be as popular or “big”, but bigger isn't always better! I've found some hidden gems lower down the search engines, with better prices and variety.

4. Ask other craft sellers. I'm always amazed at how generous the “bead community” is. Whenever I go to a craft fair, I always get great suggestions on suppliers. There are often flyers with ads and special offers, too.

I have two favorite sites where I get the best prices to buy beads online. You might not think about them at first, but in my experience, they're the best! You'll not only save a lot of money, but you'll also get beautiful, unique beads. And that's what it's all about!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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