Topics: Cleaning, Bead Holes

How can I remove dried glue from a bead hole, so I can use the bead again. Thank You.
- Sade
The best way to remove dried glue from bead holes is by using a bead reamer or awl. These are specialized tools that are essentially hand drills. Choose a reamer that is approximately the same size as the bead hole. Wet the reamer, then place the tip into the hole and twist it back and forth until the hole goes completely through the bead.

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.

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