Featured Tool of the Week: Diamond Bead Reamer Set DIB-275.00

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by Rose Marion, Wire-Sculpture.com

Tool of the Week for
November 14, 2011

sponsored by JewelryTools.com

This week’s tool: Diamond Bead Reamer Set, Item # DIB-275.00

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Demonstration by Kate, JewelryTools.com

This week’s featured tool from JewelryTools.com is the DIB-275.00 Diamond Bead Reamer Set. This excellent reamer comes with 3 diamond points for reaming beads and pearls, and is very light to hold. For best results, hold your bead and the tip of the reamer in a bowl of water! This will prevent dust, bead cracking, and damage from friction.

You can see Mary Bailey and Charley Key, WS Faculty members, demonstrating how to use this bead reamer on pearls, here: Bead Reaming Made Easy.

Click below to see DIB-275.00 on JewelryTools.com:
Bead Reamer

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    November 14, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I use bead reamers a lot on my smaller-hole gemstones. Another good use is to smooth the inside of wooden beads, especially if the hole was not finished well. This makes sure your stringing material won’t get caught or worse, break, and also allows the beads to move on the material as the wearer moves.

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    Margaret Lakas

    November 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I have that particular bead reamer. It works great on beads with holes through the middle of the bead but if the hole is at the top they break above the hole being reamed. Any suggestions? I do move slowly, under water as suggested in another video with Mary Bailey.

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      November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

      I know Margaret! Briollette shapes can be very difficult to ream, especially if the hole is very close to the top of the bead, if they are made of glass or crystal and if the drilled hole is too close to one side of the bead or the other! I tend to stay away from them, unless they are made from a thick gemstone material. In other cases, 24 gauge round wire can be your friend :)

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    Jilly W

    November 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Another thing to do with beads you can’t use is to package them up and sell them at the next craft show you participate in. I do that about once a year when I go through my bead stash. You won’t recoup what you paid for them, most likely, but you’ll get something, someone else will be happy, and you’ll have space for something else! This is the lazy crafter’s remedy…..