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Topics: Gemstone, Drilling

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How do I drill a hole in a gemstone already polished.
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Topics: Metalsmithing

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I love the look of hand hammered brass washers from the hardware store. Do you have any tricks or tools for texturing both sides?
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Topics: Organizers

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What do you recommend for a work table surface for beading?
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Topics: Wire, Gauge

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How do I determine the wire gauge in my wire inventory?
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Topics: Tools, Wire Jig

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I was given a Wild Wire tool and small jig (not Wild Wire Deluxe) without instructions. I can't find anything online about it, can you tell me anything?
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Topics: Tools, Metal Stamping

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I just started metal stamping and am having some difficulties ... the stamps don't seem to be going through well enough to leave a good impression. If I hit it harder, though, it is bending the metal. Is the problem with the stamping blanks I am using, or are they all about the same?
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Topics: Tools, Wire Cutting Pliers

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Hi, Wire cutters--Can you explain the difference between end cutter and flush cutter? Which cutter should I use to cut memory wire? Thank You.
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Topics: Tools, Tool Magic

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I have some tool magic that has thickened quite a bit and was wondering if there is a way to thin the stuff?
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Topics: Cleaning Tools

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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?
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Topics: Tool Sharpening

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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.
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Topics: Tools, Memory Wire, Cutters

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What can I use to cut memory wire with other than memory wire shears?
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Topics: Tools, Wire Twister

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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?
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Topics: Findings, Bead Caps

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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?
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Topics: Components, Measurement

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I have a caliper and I would like to know how to measure an earring finding for a leverback.
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Topics: Stamping

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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.
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Topics: Tools, Wire-Wrapping Pliers

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How do I use wire-wrapping pliers? Thank you.
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Topics: Tools, Pliers

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Please tell me the difference between ''lap joint'' and ''box joint'' pliers?
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Topics: Metalsmithing, Hammering

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Please tell me what tool to use for a hammered look on metals like sterling silver and gold-filled?
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Topics: Tools, Arthritis

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Which tools do you recommend to buy when the person has arthritis?
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Topics: Tools, Quality

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I am a beginning beader and there are a large number of tools to select from. Are the higher priced tools that much better and why? What tool sets would you recommend buying?
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