Close
Home
Beading Resources > Ask the Experts > Ask the Experts' Search Results
Subscribe Subscribe
141 Answer(s) Found.
Page  2 of 8
<Previous | Next>
Results Per Page:  
Jump to Page:   
Topics: Cleaning Tools

Q.
I have invested a lot of money for the best tools you carry, Lindstrom. They are tarnished now, how can I refresh them and make them like new again?
A.

Topics: Tool Sharpening

Q.
Some of my wire cutting tools are getting indentations and the wire I use does not seem to be that hard. What would be the best way to sharpen them? Thank you.
A.

Topics: Tools, Memory Wire, Cutters

Q.
What can I use to cut memory wire with other than memory wire shears?
A.

Topics: Tools, Wire Twister

Q.
My wire keeps breaking when I am using my wire twister tool. Some times the wire breaks off in the twister and other times the folded end will break in the vice. This can happen after only a few twists. How can I keep my wire from breaking?
A.

Topics: Adhesive, Removal

Q.
I have dried glue on some of my tools. I'd like to know what to use to safely remove it. I'm also ordering your 'stuff' for dipping the tips for wireworking. When I have the tips coated, is that going to interfere with using them for future projects? If so, should I purchase a separate set?
A.

Topics: Gemstone, Quartz, Cleaning

Q.
I have found Quartz crystal; it is covered in red mud and black mud how do I remove this, I tried muriatic acid it either dulls the crystal or does not truly finish cleaning. I have tried soaking in detergent. What is the proper way to clean these????
A.

Topics: Plastic Beads, Cleaning, Sealing

Q.
How do you care for silver (not real) coated acrylic beads. I had someone use CLR, which discolored the beads. I guess I need to provide instructions but I'm not sure what would be the best way to clean them, or is there some way I can coat them to provide extra protection. Thanks.
A.

Topics: Mother-of-Pearl Shell, Luster

Q.
Can you bring the shine back to mother of pearl?
A.

Topics: Silver, Tarnish

Q.
How can I keep silver plated fishhook ball/coil earwires from tarnishing? I have them on display for my retail customers and have to pull stock when they change color.
A.

Topics: Findings, Bead Caps

Q.
I want to make my own bead caps in copper and sterling silver sheet metal using the disc cutters and dapping blocks. What gauge metal do I need?
A.

Topics: Design, Software, 3D

Q.
I was wondering if there was a free program I could use to help with designing, in a 3d environment.
A.

Topics: Components, Measurement

Q.
I have a caliper and I would like to know how to measure an earring finding for a leverback.
A.

Topics: Pearls, Cleaning

Q.
When a natural pearl starts to discolor, does that mean it is "sick"?
A.

Topics: Jeweler's Tools, Fixative, Top Coat

Q.
Hi - I've heard that to prevent costume jewelry from changing color, you can apply some clear nail polish on it. Is this true?
A.

Topics: Jeweler's Tools, Fixative

Q.
Many of your metal plated seed beads suggest using an "artist's fixative" to keep the metal from wearing off. Would you spray the individual beads before using them, or the finished piece. If the finished piece, how do you get into the crevices of the piece. Will this also stop tarnishing? What can you do if a finished piece, copper in this case, has started to tarnish?
A.

Topics: Cleaning, Rhinestones

Q.
I have a lot of my Mother's costume jewelry that she bought in the 1960's. Some was made in Western Germany, some was made in Austria and a couple pairs of earrings made in Japan. Her house was damp. The ones made in W.Germany are very green. I guess like a mold or something. The rhinestones are foil backed. How do I get the green stuff off?
A.

Topics: Stamping

Q.
Is there a way to stamp a design on a metal bead or spacer? I'm looking for a certain design, can't find it anywhere so I wondered if there was some way I could do it myself.
A.

Topics: Tools, Cleaners and Polishers

Q.
I have a cameo ring that was my grandmothers. It has dirt in the engraved lines. I was wondering what is the best way to clean it?
A.

Topics: Tools, Cleaner and Polishers

Q.
I have tried to make my jewelry items using only sterling silver or 14k gold-filled because of the problem of tarnishing. Especially in regard to gold-plated findings. I feel my customers may be upset when the plating wears off and the item is no longer pretty. Am I being overly worried or do my concerns have merit. Your input would be greatly appreciated.
A.

Topics: Beads, Wood

Q.
Can you advise on how to clean rose-scented beads. Some are wood beads with a scent soaked in. Others are beads made from rose petals. Thanks for your help!
A.

141 Answer(s) Found.
Page  2 of 8
<Previous | Next>
Results Per Page:  
Jump to Page:   

Submit Your Questions


Questions will be processed as they are received. Not all questions will be answered specifically, similar questions will be grouped together.

Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists;
children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Inc. - One Fire Mountain Way, Grants Pass, OR USA 97526-2373
Copyright 2008-2014 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Inc. All rights reserved.