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Q.
I use a lot of acrylic beads in my designs, especially "pony" beads. I notice that a lot of them have excess plastic and rough edges left over from the manufacturing process. I was wondering what is the fastest and most effective way to file down these rough spots. Is it possible to use a rock tumbler for greater speed?
- Wendy
A.
Jeweler's files and pearl or bead reamers are the recommended tools for removing rough edges from beads. Rock tumblers are recommended for metal-based jewelry and hard stones, and therefore would most likely damage the acrylic beads.

- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Swarovski crystal Ambassador

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