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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...

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 you clean pewter beads?

If the pewter beads are not plated, you can clean them using a variety of methods, including polishing cloths, ultra-sonic cleaners, steam cleaners,...

How should I clean cloisonné beads?

To clean your cloisonné beads, simply wipe them with a soft polishing cloth. Porous in nature, cloisonné should never be soaked. Care should also be...

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 you safely clean bone beads and antique ivory jewelry?

Your best choice may be to use a mild soap on a soft damp cloth, and simply wipe the jewelry down. If the dirt is deeper than what appears on the...

When a natural pearl starts to discolor, does that mean it is "sick"?

No, discoloration does not mean the pearl is sick. Both freshwater and saltwater pearls will start to discolor for a variety of reasons. Pearls will...

How do I clean my pliers and wire cutters? They have become rusty and old looking.

Fine steel wool or a steel wire brush can remove quite a bit of rust from the surface of steel tools. There are also rust inhibitors, such as WD-40,...

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...

How should I care for my pearl jewelry?

Store pearls in a soft cloth pouch or wrap them in a soft cloth. Pearls are a soft gemstone material and should be treated delicately; they require...

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...

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