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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 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...

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....

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 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 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,...

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...

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...

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 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,...

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...

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...

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...

I recently purchased a string of crystal quartz with a matte finish. Is there any way I can polish these stones so they will shine?

Remove the quartz beads from their string and tumble them in a rotary tumbler with the appropriate abrasive polishes to remove the matte finish and...

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