Always wear eye protection when using bead reamers and awls.
There are also reaming bits you can use with the rotary tools. The cleaning process is similar to using a bead reamer but will go much faster. Fill a shallow bowl with water and put on safety glasses. While holding the bead under the water, turn on the drill then insert the bit into the hole of the bead. Carefully move the bit up and down. Flip the bead over as you make progress so you are cleaning the hole equally from both sides.
If the bit catches the bead while you're holding it, let go of the bead and turn off the drill. Remove the bead from the bit and continue.
- Maura Buckner, Jewelry-Making Expert
Note: After reaming the bead, the hole may be slightly larger than the original hole.
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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