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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...

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 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 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 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 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...

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 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....

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....

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...

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...

Is there one adhesive right for everything requiring adhesive? Which do you recommend for what?

We offer many different adhesives all for different purposes. There isn't one glue that does everything, however some do more than others. Here is a...

How do you clean the release agent out of glass beads?

A bead reamer and water can clean out the release inside glass beads. Fill a shallow bowl with water and put on safety glasses. While holding the...

What can I use to cut memory wire with other than memory wire shears?

Memory wire is an extremely thick coil of tempered steel wire. If you use your regular wire-cutters to cut it, your wire-cutter may be permanently...

I want to make my own bead caps in copper and sterling silver sheet metal using the disc cutters and dapping blocks. What gauge metal do I need?

You can work with a range of sheet gauges in either metal. The disc cutter can cut from 28-gauge to 16-gauge sheet. The dapping block and punches...

How can I remove dried glue from a bead hole, so I can use the bead again. Thank You.

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....

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,...

What is the best gauge wire to use with the wire jig? The best gauge to make jump rings?

Wire jigs can accommodate a range of wire gauges from the very fine 32-gauge up to the heavier 16- to 14-gauges. 22- to16-gauge wires are strong...

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