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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 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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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 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...

My hands get tired when I work with pliers for long periods of time, what do you suggest I do differently?

The first recommendation is to check your tools; the handles on are a big factor in whether or not you suffer hand strain or pain. You want to make...

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...

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 can Thread Magic® help my seed beading?

Thread Magic®, like beeswax, is designed to condition thread to keep it from fraying, reduce tangling and help to relax the curl in the thread. It...

After wrapping loops, I sometimes need to file the end of the wire smooth. Is there a special file designed for this?

Yes! It's called a metal needle file. Use a flat one for removing the burrs caused by cutting wire. Another great trick for making perfect wrapped...

What are needle sharps?

Sharps are needles used for general hand sewing. The word ''sharp'' refers to the style, not that they have a sharper point; they are stiffer than...

What tools do I need to make jewelry?

When you're first starting out in jewelry-making, a good set of tools to have on hand are: round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers,...

Can you separate the links of the chains you have available with needle-nose pliers or do you cut the links to the size you need?

Many of the links in our and may be opened using pliers. Our are soldered closed and must be cut using . Once the chain is cut to the length you...

Do I need to buy gem-setting pliers for setting faceted gems?

You can use chain-nose pliers when setting a stone, however gem-setting pliers are specifically designed for this task and offer greater precision....

When I use my split ring pliers to open the ring and put a charm on, I seem to "ruin" the ring. It doesn't close back up properly, but remains separated from the center. Am I opening them incorrectly?

are designed to open the split rings just enough to slide them onto the end of your finding and then have them close right back up. It's possible...

Is there a way to stamp a design on a metal bead or spacer? I'm looking for a certain design, can't find it anywhere so I wondered if there was some way I could do it myself.

Stamping hollow beads or components using a metal punch and hammer will likely crush the item. If the item you are stamping is flat, and you have a...

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