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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 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,...

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,...

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....

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

I want to learn to knot between beads. Can you offer me any information on this technique?

illustrated instructions outlines knotting using an overhand knot and tweezers, which is a more traditional method. how-to video and illustrated...

I was given a Wild Wire tool and small jig (not Wild Wire Deluxe) without instructions. I can't find anything online about it, can you tell me anything?

Wild Wire™ is a brand name for a wire jig tool. A wire jig tool offers you the ability to make great shapes from wire and to make them consistently....

Could I get a chart like the for Swarovski beads?

The represents a large variety of beads and is not limited to gemstones as a 3mm round Swarovski crystal will be the same size as a 3mm round...

Several cabochon gemstones and paua shells do not exactly fit the settings I purchased for their size. How do I shave down the edges to make them fit?

The Jooltool™ Sharpening and Polishing System can be used to cut and polish gemstones and shell with Mohs hardness up to 9. Use a permanent marker to...

When working with round and square precious-metal and color coated wire, how can I make the same-size loops so my project has a consistent look?

Using a permanent marker, place a line on the jaw of your to use it as your guide every time you make wire-wrapped loop. You can also use a wire jig...

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