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There are few women who don't own some sort of bead jewelry. As a craft, beads have a rich and diverse history, and have long been known as a community activity. Whether it is a group of women in Africa working together to create the magnificent decorative necklaces they wear for dances and celebrations or Indian women stringing together prayer beads or teen groups meeting at an American bead store, there is something very powerful in stringing beads together with friends.

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.

100,000 Years of Tradition

We have no way of knowing exactly when in human history someone decided to string something on a piece of sinew or grass and create the first necklace. We do know that the oldest known beads to date were made of small shells in the Middle East approximately 100,000 years ago. There aren't many crafts you can enjoy while saying you are following a tradition that long; beading is the only one we know of so far.

Bringing the Community Together

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).

Because beading requires the crafter to sit for a period of time, it is natural to work together. While it is possible today to get predrilled, formed beads of every size and color, it wasn't always the case. Learning how to drill a bead properly, how to make or paint one, and how to create a pattern that has a specific meaning to your people involved passing traditions from one generation to another. Sharing such knowledge builds community whether it is by intent or by chance.

Today, beading communities have formed all over the world, including many online. This allows for the exchange of ideas and beads in ways that have never happened before. There is a great deal of history to be learned from each beading community, and there is also much to be said for the global connection being built.

Bringing the World Home

One of the most intriguing aspects of beading is the fact that you can easily find beads from all over the planet online. Jewelry supply websites carry materials from literally every place around the globe. You can just as easily pick up Balinese silver beads as Afghani lapis or Cinnabar beads from China. Beading is a truly international experience if you desire it to be.

Perhaps the best thing about beading is that you can take it with you anywhere and find others doing it too. When it comes to a popular hand craft, beads are at the top of the heap.

Jewelry making kits won't solve all of your jewelry making dilemmas, but they are a practical way to get a specific result. The more advanced the artisan is, the less likely they are to use kits. But for the beginner, they are a perfect introduction into the fun world of jewelry design an materials.

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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