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Using a Bead Reamer

Learn To File Sharp Edges on Beads and Enlarge Holes
designed byArtbeads
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniquePearl-Knotting
Time1-3 hours
Filing the sharp edges with a bead reamer will help prevent the beads from cutting your stringing material and allow them to sit flush to each other.
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The sharp edges or stringers around the holes of the beads are a normal result of the Venetian glass bead making process. Fine pieces of the glass remain on the mandrel that the bead maker uses to form the bead. They are not a defect or an imperfection, rather a sign that your bead is handmade. Learn how to file down the sharp edges with a bead reamer to help prevent the beads from cutting your stringing material and allow them to sit flush to each other. This technique also works for enlarging bead holes to allow for thicker stringing material or multiple passes of stringing material at the end of a piece.

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Beadalon Battery Operated Bead Reamer
Code TOOL-0207
Brand Beadalon
1
$10.95
$9.74
Four-Piece Bead Reamer Tips
Code TOOL-114
Place Of Origin USA
1
$9.49
$7.11
Bead Reamer
Code TOOL-110
Place Of Origin USA
1
$17.99
$16.01
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