How To Make Your Bead Holes Bigger With A Bead Reamer
Gemstone beads are such a popular choice for so many designs, however due to the way they are drilled, the holes can sometimes be very tiny. It can be so frustrating when just a few of your beautiful beads don’t quite fit onto the thread or wire you have chosen.
Luckily we have just the solution... The Duluxe Diamond Coated Bead Reamer! This is a handy tool that eliminates the need to rethink your choice of thread or change your design by enabling you to gently enlarge the holes in gemstone, glass or ceramic beads as well as pearls.
Here we will show you how to use the bead reamer and the best techniques in successfully making your bead hole bigger.
Note before you start
It is important not to apply any force when using the bead reamer as this puts you in risk of cracking the stone - gentle, rotating movements will enlarge the holes.
Watch our video tutorial below of using a bead reamer to enlarge bead holes
Or follow our step by step instructions with photos
Important information about enlarging holes
The holes of certain gemstones and other materials will take longer to enlarge than others. For example gemstone beads made from quartz, agate or sea-glass are strong materials and therefore will take longer than stones such as turquoise, pearls, amber, fluorite and shells as they are softer.
When working with gemstone beads we recommend only aiming to enlarge holes by a small amount.
Gemstones have natural inclusions within them and the more you enlarge the the holes the more risk you have of the stone cracking.
Always ensure you take your time and do not apply any force to the stone.
For any further advice regarding the contents on this page or for any other general jewellery making enquires, please feel free to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
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