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Topics: Tools, Tumbler

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I'm new to the jewelry scene and was wondering about the tumblers that are available. Does a tumbler work for all metals, including precious metal? What is the difference between a jewelry tumbler and a rock tumbler?
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Topics: Metalsmithing, Tumbler, Bead Glass

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Can I use the rock tumbler to make beach glass?
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Topics: Tools, Sandpapers, Polishing Papers

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Could you discuss the uses of different grits of sandpaper? In particular, I want to remove a scratch on square sterling silver.
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Topics: Tools, Cleaning

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How do I clean my pliers and wire cutters? They have become rusty and old looking.
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Topics: Metalsmithing, Patina

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Instead of Liver of Sulfur, will using muriatic acid in small amounts to oxidize metal make the metal brittle? I like the gunmetal look I achieved in gold- and silver-plated chains but am unsure how long the patina will last. Thanks,
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Topics: Tools, Pliers

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I need tips on how to use these pliers.
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Topics: Jewelry Art Supplies, Molds, Release

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I was wondering if you need any kind of release with the flex molds? I'm thinking for PMC you'd want to oil them, but what about ICE Resin?
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Topics: Tool Magic®, Hardening

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How do you keep the Tool Magic from hardening in the jar?
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Topics: Wire Jig, Jumprings, Wire Gauges

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What is the best gauge wire to use with the wire jig? The best gauge to make jump rings?
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Topics: Tools, Bead Reamer

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I was given a battery operated bead reamer as a gift, but am hesitant to try it. I was watching your bead reamer video and didn't even see a powered version mentioned as an option. It seems to me the hand versions offer more control. Do you have any recommendations?
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Topics: Rings, Sizing

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Can sterling silver rings be sized up?
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Topics: Tools, Rotary Tumbler

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I recently bought a Lortone Rotary Tumbler and would like to tumble metal in it. How do I do this? The instruction booklet doesn't address this. Thank you.
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Topics: Needles

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What kind of needle (and what size) should I use for bead weaving and how should I thread the needle?
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Topics: Gemstones

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I recently collected a lot of small stones and pebbles on the beach and want to wire wrap them and turn them into pendants. However, after the stones dried, they lost some of the appeal that made me pick them up in the first place. How can I treat the stones to give them the ''just out of the ocean'' look again? And I need this to be permanent and safe to wear. Thank you,
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Topics: Fixative

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If I spray fixative on a bracelet made with some dyed cylinder beads, will the fixative hurt the skin after it dries? What do you recommend to seal in the color - other than not using the beads? I already made some bracelets, though I can avoid using those beads in the future. Thanks.
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Topics: Thread Heaven®, Seed Beads

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How can Thread Heaven® help my seed beading?
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Topics: Needles, Sharps

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What are needle sharps?
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Topics: Beading Needles, Sizes

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Which English beading needle is the smallest? Which is the largest?
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Topics: Gem-Setting Pliers, Faceted Gems

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Do I need to buy gem-setting pliers for setting faceted gems?
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Topics: Crystal, Lead

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Do your crystals have lead in them?
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