I've found that organization is the hardest part of crafting. So much stuff of different size and shape. Le sigh.
I've got a few 5-10litre clear platic crates. All the painting stuff in one, all the paper craft stuff in another, all the material stuff in another. Each different craft has it's own little crate and then I have a bigger crate for all the general stuff.
This would come in handy for me every time I get a brainwave to do something new! I rush out straight away (cause patience really isn't in my vocbulary) and buy all the stuff I think I need and get home to find that I haven't bought that most important thing I needed and I bought all this other stuff that is useless for what I want to do. Gets a little on the expensive side after a while. Anyway here's my list....Acrylic Painting...
Pretty simple really...Brushes
(please don't use plastic bristle brushes!) (yech! cringing at the thought!)Paint.
If you can't buy different colour paints in a pack then just get red, blue yellow, white and black. Get more white than any other colour it disappears pretty fastCanvas
You can buy these at most craft places now all ready to go.Mixing pots
to mix your coloursPencil & Eraser
To draw designs first if you want. Use a very light pencil and don't push too hard. I say use a light pencil because on the lighter colour paints you can see the pencil through the paint if the lead is too dark.A Jar and Paper Towel
Fill a jar with water to rinse your brushes and use the paper towel to blot the brush dry before painting again.Old shirt
To cover your clothes if you are a messer.
That's basically it for the basics.Beadwork.
(more towards jewelry)
Well I don't really think there is a short list for supplies for beading. It all depends on what type of beadwork you want to do. Needles
Bead needles are thin and bendy making them easier to move through your work.Good Thread
I go with Fireline now, a fishing line made by Berkley. TOUGH STUFF! I used to use a type of waxed bead thread thinking wrongly that it was as the package stated "Rot Resistant" I made bracelets with it and after a couple of weeks wear they disintergrated. You can get an elastic bead thread also, can't offer an opinion on that because I've never used it.Scissors
Well you use them to cut with sillyGlue
Strong glue to hold your knots. Theres a product called bead cement but I've never used it. Careful with super glue though as it will fume and show your fingerprints on the beads near where you put the glue.Seed Beads
The little little beads that end up all over the floor. You can do alot of different projects with seed beads. Try some size 11 or 10 and size 8 to start.Bugle Beads
Long tubes basically. Use good thread with these as they have a habit of cutting through your thread.Beads
Whatever takes your fancy! If your not sure just buy a bag of mixed beads. The bead shops here in Aus sometimes have bags of odds and ends. I bought a huge bag of these last year and there was all sorts of things in there! Was mad fun dumping the beads onto a huge tray to sort through them, kinda like a treasure hunt!Jewelry findings
The bits that hold your work together so you can wear it. Just go with your basic parrot or bolt ring clasp, some jumprings, a little bit of chain (make sure, if you want to use your chain as part of the clasp on a necklace, that the clasp fits the links on the chain) Some earwires so you can make matching sets, some headpins and eyepins.Tools
Cutters (to cut), roundnose pliers (to bend loops), Needle nose pliers (to hold things and to work with jumprings) Really you can never have too many pairs of pliers.Memory wire
For those of you who don't want to do the thread thing. This stuff is made from steel and its made so that it remembers it's shape, hence the name memory wire. You buy it in different size coils. It goes from ring size to neckalce size. If you use memory wire get a seperate pair of cutters that are a bit tougher.
I could go on for ages with all the different supplies for beadwork. Like I said before it all depends on what type of beadwork you want to do. I will push the "Buy good thread" thing though. There's nothing worse than seeing something you spent ages creating falling apart!
Here's a good site that has a range of different projects.http://www.allaboutbeading.com/index.php?sid=965741323&t=sub_pages&cat=3
For some extra inspiration try doing an image search in google. Just search for "beadwork" or "beaded" or something like that. You're bound to find some interesting things!
That's it for my basic list though I am bound to think of something else to add later.