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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....

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....

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...

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 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 tools should you use to cut silver plate chains?

It depends on the type and thickness of the chain. Some plated chains are a soft base metal and can be easily cut with any standard jewelry-grade...

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...

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...

What do you recommend for a work table surface for beading?

You can work on anything from a laminate counter top to a wooden jeweler's bench. A smooth, hard, level surface is best. Depending on the type of...

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 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 do you wash dyed howlite to stabilize the color?

Rinse dyed howlite in warm water that is comfortable to the touch then pat dry with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. Afterwards, we recommend applying...

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?

Split ring pliers 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....

What needle should I purchase that will go through both beads and fabric, in order to bead fabric?

Using a size 10 or 12 English beading needle is recommended since either work with light and heavyweight cotton. A size 10 is great for size 11 seed...

I recently bought a Lortone Rotary Tumbler and would like to tumble metal in it. How do I do this? The instruction booklet doesn't address this. Thank you.

Tumble metal in the rotary tumbler with mixed stainless steel shot and burnishing compound (a solution of detergent and water). For detailed...

What do I use to drill a hole in a cabochon? I can't find anything to go through.

Use a small rotary tool with diamond-coated steel burrs to drill holes in your cabochon. The key is to keep the cabochon (not the drill!) under...

What should I consider when buying a beading loom?

First, assess the needs of your project. What type of beads will you be using? What are the dimensions of your project? The answers to these...

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 aluminum chain and plated chains may be opened using pliers. Our precious metal chains are soldered closed and must be cut...

When I'm working with wire, I notice my tools are leaving marks behind. How can I avoid marring the wire?

You can use nylon jaw pliers or you can dip the nose of your steel jawed pliers into Tool MagicĀ®, a heavy-duty, flexible rubber coating solution, the...

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