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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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

Some of my wire cutting tools are getting indentations and the wire I use does not seem to be that hard. What would be the best way to sharpen them? Thank you.

Having your cutters sharpened professionally is the best way to renew the blades on your cutters.As resources allow, it is a good idea to have a...

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...

I need to drill quahog shell and sea glass. Can you tell me how it's done?

Use a small rotary tool with diamond-coated steel burrs to drill holes into shell or sea glass. The key is to keep the material to be drilled (not...

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...

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...

Do I have to use crimping pliers when using crimp beads?

are not a requirement when working with or crimp tubes, however they leave a nice smooth, rounded shape. Crimping pliers are designed with two...

Hi, Wire cutters--Can you explain the difference between end cutter and flush cutter? Which cutter should I use to cut memory wire? Thank You.

Memory wire shears are made specifically to easily cut hard wires such as memory wire (steel) and precious-metals. These shears will create a...

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....

Hi! I'm new to beading and love it! I want to make bands for my existing watches that have a bar. What do I use to start? Is there a special finding?

Welcome to beading! You will come across many findings to create wonderful, original designs for watch bands.To start, you need to remove the...

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...

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