Jewellery making on holiday

LJS tutor Anna Campbell writes about her jewellery making travel essentials.

I often find that inspiration can come when I am away from home and without my jewellery making equipment. When we travel we see new places, people and things that can inspire us. We may also stumble upon a beautiful bead shop as I did recently when we made a trip to Murano, Venice.

So, to capitalise on this inspiration I take a small sketchbook and pencil as well as taking lots of photos. I also have a little travel kit of jewellery making tools and supplies that I take if I want to make while I’m away from home.

It consists of:


jewellery making on the move

Pliers set for travelling: Chain nosed pliers, round nosed pliers, cutters

I tend just to take these pliers. If I have space I also take flat nosed pliers as they are really best for opening jump rings. The little case I put everything in is the smallest sized packing square from travelon, you can find a link to it here.

I only work with full sized tools. I know you can get some really cute mini travel plier sets but don’t be tempted, the full sized pliers are designed for your hands. The mini pliers are awkward to use as they are too small to be comfortable.

Also, if you are travelling by air you may not be able to take your tools in your hand luggage so check with your airline before you travel, I really don’t want yours to be confiscated.


I tend to take materials for beading when I am away, silver clay tools tend to be a bit too bulky.

This kit of materials covers most eventualities.

jewellery making on the move

Jewellery making supplies: 1. split jump rings; 2. open jump rings (various sizes and shapes); 3. crimps; 4. stringing material e.g. tiger tail; 5. clasps; 6. earring wires; 7. head pins

Beach holidays

If you fancy stringing shells into your jewellery you can also take a small hand drill. Drilling shells can be a bit hit and miss depending on the hardness of the shell but persistence can pay off and a handmade necklace can be a lovely souvenir from your holiday.

jewellery making at the beach

Create your own found object charms


What have I missed? What jewellery making equipment do you take when you are travelling? We’d love to see anything you make while you’re away so please share it with us via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Anna Campbell is a tutor at the London Jewellery School and runs her own jewellery business Campbell Hall Designs. She sells online from her website and at the Things British shop in Greenwich, London.

One Comment

  1. Posted August 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    When I go away on holiday I usually end up wishing I took along my jewellery making tools. This year I have done my research and I know there is a bead shop near where we are staying so I am taking my pliers!

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