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How do I use wire-wrapping pliers? Thank you.

Wire-wrapping pliers are designed with different sized barrels (4, 6 and 8mm barrels) to allow the wireworker to form coils or rings in many sizes....

I need tips on how to use these pliers.

These wire working pliers work like parallel action pliers--where the jaws open and close parallel and offer even distribution of pressure throughout...

Which tools do you recommend to buy when the person has arthritis?

Look for ergonomic tools with longer handles that are cushioned. Longer handles prevent the "digging" into the palm that short handled tools may...

How do I drill a hole in a gemstone already polished.

Set up a variable speed rotary drill or flex shaft (one with foot pedal control is best) and fit the collet with a diamond drill bit. If possible,...

Please tell me the difference between "lap joint" and "box joint" pliers?

The joint on a pair of pliers refers to the area where the two jaws of the pliers and the handles come together and how this joint was constructed....

Can sterling silver rings be sized up?

Yes, as long as the sizing is within a 0.25 (1/4) to 0.5 (1/2) ring size and there are no settings with stones in place.If you need to size a ring up...

What needle should I use for my seed bead project?

When you first start working with a beading needle and thread, work with a larger needle will give you an easier time of threading as the eye will...

How much should I spend on the tools I choose--does cost really make a difference?

I believe that good quality tools are very important in jewelry-making. I recommend using a basic set of quality tools, the best you can afford. We...

Can I use the rock tumbler to make beach glass?

Yes you can use the tumbler for creating pieces that look like beach glass.Consider your first batch a test to assess which tumbling media works best...

How do I determine the wire gauge in my wire inventory?

To determine wire gauge use a wire gauge tool, manual millimeter/inch brass gauge or a digital caliper.The manual wire gauge tool is made of metal...

What kind of needle (and what size) should I use for bead weaving and how should I thread the needle?

English beading needles are perfect for bead weaving. These beading needles are straight, thin and slightly flexible. They are designed so the width...

What size of needle would be best with size #1 Silkon®? I'm using it for seed beads.

Due to the thickness of , I've never needed to add a needle to string on my beads. If you prefer to use a needle, I recommend using the . It's an...

How do I get my pieces clean after people handle it at a show, and get fingerprints off, too?

A lint-free cloth is a great way to remove fingerprints during, and after, the show. You can also clean some finished jewelry with a mild soap and...

I was wondering if you need any kind of release with the flex molds? I'm thinking for PMC you'd want to oil them, but what about ICE Resin?

Correct--when molding metal clay in the Deep-Flex™ plastic molds, adding a light touch of oil is the way to go. When forming shapes using ICE Resin®,...

I have several dozen silver earrings. How can I keep them from tarnishing? Is there a spray that could seal them?

For tarnish resistance, store your jewelry in plastic top zip (or side) bags. This will limit the jewelry's exposure to the air which causes metals...

I want to learn to knot between beads. Can you offer me any information on this technique?

illustrated instructions outlines knotting using an overhand knot and tweezers, which is a more traditional method. how-to video and illustrated...

I have some tool magic that has thickened quite a bit and was wondering if there is a way to thin the stuff?

The manufacturer does not recommend using any type of thinner for Tool Magic®. It would be best to replace the product with a new jar. Store Tool...

I am a beginning beader and there are a large number of tools to select from. Are the higher priced tools that much better and why? What tool sets would you recommend buying?

General beading, including stringing to make necklaces and bracelets requires very little in terms of handtools. The most important tools would be a...

Do you have any easy instructions for making loop earring findings?

For making your own earwires, I would recommend using a so the shape is easily repeatable and all earwires match. Instructions are included with...

How do you use The Bead Knotter?

The Bead Knotter™ is a wonderful tool that allows you to create the perfect knot every time. The how-to video will guide you step by step. how-to...

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