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 How to Use Bead and Pearl Reamers 

by Arbel, from the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® Studio
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Have you ever bought a beautiful strand of beads only to find out, upon attempting to string them, that the holes just don't match up or are too small? Bead and pearl reamers are must-have tools for any beader, as they will fix those beads with a less-than-perfect hole.

Always use eye protection when using bead and pearl reamers. Use water as a lubricant to protect beads from cracking or chipping from the heat caused by the friction of using these tools.


: : : Materials : : :
Pearl Reaming Materials
  • Extra fine pearl reamer with wood handle
  • Pearls 
  • Bowl with water

  • Bead Reaming Materials
  • Bead reamer 
  • Gemstone beads 
  • Bowl with water
  • End of Materials List

    Pearl Reaming

    Step 1
    Dip your reamer in a bowl of water. The water helps to remove the dusty pearl material as well as contain the material so that you don't breathe it in.
    Step 2
    Insert the reamer into the hole of the pearl and move it back and forth with a slight twisting motion. The drill shape of the reamer will remove the pearl material from the hole as you enlarge it.

    Work until the hole is as large as you need for the stringing material you're working with.

    Bead Reaming

    If you've selected a reamer that has removable tips, choose the tip that is right for the bead you are working with (review the manufacturer's directions for using the reamer) and insert it into the top of the reamer. Tighten the collet to secure the reamer in the handle.
    Step 1
    Dip your reamer in a bowl of water. The water helps to remove the gemstone material as well as contain the material so that you don't breathe it in.
    Step 2
    Insert the reamer into the hole of the bead and move it back and forth with a slight twisting motion. The reamer will remove the bead material from the hole as you enlarge it.

    Work until the hole is as large as you need for the stringing material you're working with.

    Have a question regarding this project? Email Customer Service.

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    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.

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