Bead Reaming Made Easy

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by Mary Bailey and Charley Key for Wire-Sculpture.com

Bead Reaming Made Easy



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18 Comments

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    Patsy Hughes

    February 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Great !!!!!!!!!!!!! Very helpful ! Made easy to understand! Two , very nice ladies !

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    Delfy Gomez

    February 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    This information was very useful.

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    Roseamrie

    February 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    This video was very helpful. I didn’t know about using water to cool the pearl so the heat wouldn’t crack the pearl while being reamed.
    Thank you and I look forward to more instructive videos.
    All the best!

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    Norine

    February 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you for this very informative video. This is something that I have never heard before and I have pearls that I wanted to use but the holes were too small.

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    Ann Keefer

    February 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Wire Sculpture for all the Great video tips, they are very helpful-love your supplies and website. I am new to beading and wire wrapping. I tried my hand at my first sterling silver wrapped stone for a pendant and I am very disappointed in my final outcome. I tried once with cheap practice wire and it one came out beautiful! The sterling wire I used was 20 gauge square half hard with 20 gauge half round, half hard sterling silver. I had a hard time keeping the square wire straight, some of the strips wanted to keep twisting and it was very hard to bend. The silver wire seemed to gauge up quit a bit, while bending (I tried to be as careful as I could). How do you keep your wire from getting gauges in it and keep smooth bends, spirals and curls?

    Please help, I don’t want to give up yet, I have a pair of blue topaz earrings to make for my daughter to wear for her something blue in her June wedding.

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    Jane Elizabeth

    February 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Love this video on bead reaming… especially because I recently designed a neckpiece, earrings and bracelet combo that required the use of some beautiful pearls that have the smallest hole I have ever run across. I have the readmer that was shown from wire-sculpture but did not know I was to perform this under water! Now I know why I ended up with many cracked and/or broken beads… thanks for the tip!

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    Susan Ivy

    February 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Love the videos! They are short and to the point. Would have liked a little more info on whicfh stones need to be reamed under water, but got a lot out of the video.

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      dalecgr

      February 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks Susan – to answer your question – ALL stones need to be reamed under water.

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    Terri

    November 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Thank you for the info.
    Wow i never realized you had to ream in the water that explains why my beads break sometimes.
    I frustrated me so.

    :)

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    Lacyblu

    November 11, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I adore Mary Bailey…I have the exact same bead reamer but I never knew water was the best way to use a reamer for natural soft stones and pearls…Might have saved me reaming my thumb on a few occasions…Thank you again Mary…

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    Nathalie

    January 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I love pearls and use them in most of my projects. Thank you Mary for finally clearing some confusing issues…

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    Teresa

    February 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve used this same tool shown in the video but it took much longer. guess I know why now. I wasn’t using water. Makes a difference when you know what you’re doing. Thanks so much for taking time to give us the info we need. It is really appreciated.

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    Tammy

    July 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hi

    I don’t post comments too offten but I thought that this video was great. I have had one of those bead reamers for the last ten years and they do work. Hey Terri you can use use water with a bead reamer for glass as well. I think that its a good idea I think with most kinds of beads its good to use water because of the heat that is generated. I use use water for just about any kind of bead except clay and wood.

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      dalecgr

      July 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Thanks for taking the time to let us know Tammy!

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    Sheryl

    November 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Ditto. Thank you so much for the video, and the tip to use a bead reamer under water. I’ve been cracking more beads than not when I’ve tried to use my bead reamers. Now I know why that’s been happening, and will do it under water in the future! These tips are invaluable!

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