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Topics: Etching Solution

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I notice that there are some products, mainly chemical products like etching solution that you do not carry. Why is that?
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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: Cleaning and Polishing

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I'm trying to polish glass nuggets. When they are wet they look perfect but as soon as they dry, they have a white powder-like coating. Any suggestions on how to keep that sparkling "wet" look? Thanks,
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Topics: Beads, Glass, AB Finish

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I have pale green glass rondelle beads (10mm) that have an AB finish which looks chintzy on them. Is there a way to gently remove the thin AB coating on one side which is scratching off? Thank you very much.
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Topics: Cabochons

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Several cabochon gemstones and paua shells do not exactly fit the settings I purchased for their size. How do I shave down the edges to make them fit?
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Topics: Metal Beads, Cleaning and Polishing

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I have some zinc alloy metal beads, and I don't know what the best way to polish them would be. Could you give me any instructions, please?
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Topics: Metal Beads, Pewter, Cleaning

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How do you clean pewter beads?
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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: Beads, Odor, Cleaning and Polishing

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I have some glass beads that have a smell to them. I have tried several times washing the beads in warm water and dish detergent. I cannot get out the smell. What do you suggest?
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Topics: Gemstone, Sodalite, Cleaning and Polishing

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Is there a simple way that I can increase the polished look of the commercial grade stone beads like the sodalite?
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Topics: Polishing Jewelry

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What are the pros and cons of using a jewelry tumbler for polishing jewelry as opposed to a hand held rotary tool?
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Topics: Beads, Tarnish

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I have some metal beads that I purchased at a craft store and used in a necklace. They have since darkened considerably to the point where I cannot wear the necklace that I made with the beads. What should I use to clean and seal the beads so they aren't so dark looking--or is there no hope for them?
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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, Preparing

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I understand that tools such as pliers, etc. should be conditioned before use. How do I do this?
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Topics: Cleaning, Polishing, Vintage Jewelry

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I was recently asked to try and clean a vintage necklace that has beading with 1 inch wire mesh between the beads. The wire mesh has become very dark and has turned green in some areas. She told me it is brass, however the green indicates copper. I am reluctant to clean it because I do not want to ruin the beads or strip the natural patina. I thought of taking a tiny brush with polish to the mesh, but not sure what cleaner or method to use. Do you have some advice for me? She wants to sell this piece in her store.
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Topics: Beads, Plated, Tarnish

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I had made 4 dozen "angels" using Delica 11/0 seed beads and had them individually boxed with the prefilled boxes from you over the summer months. I was looking at them now and a lot of them are tarnished especially the gold and silver "wings" on the angels. My instructor had me coat the angels with nail polish to seal the ends of the threads and also to stiffen them ... is there something I can use to clean the tarnish and polish them again? And what should I be using to prevent tarnishing in the future? Thanks! The angels that I have worn all summer are not tarnished and they are out in the open! I am certainly puzzled!
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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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