Regardless if you are a stringer or a stitcher, there is a big possibility that you have ran across a couple of beads whose holes were too small to go through. When this happens, you do have several different avenues that you take.
First, you can try to force your needle or wire directly through the bead. However, doing this can frustrate you even more, or cause you to break the bead altogether. Another option that you have when your beads holes are too small is you can simply throw it away, and use it for some other project, or you can use a tool that will allow you to expand the size of the hole.
There are a couple of options that you have when using a tool to make your bead holes larger. It is important when using any tools to make the holes for your beads larger that you use safety glasses to protect you from any pieces of your bead that may go flying.
Bead Reamer- Bead reamers are tools that are designed to help you enlarge the size of your beads holes. They work well at increasing the size of threading holes in various delicate style beads. When using a bead reamer, you will need to hold the tool in one hand, and hold your bead in the other. Always work with the bead underwater.
Needle File- Needle files are traditionally used to enlarge the holes in acrylic, clay, or wooden beads. You place the file inside of the small opening, and start to file away, kind of in the same way you would file your nails. The process takes longer than with a bead reamer, but it still does the job.
Foredom or Dremel Drill- These drills have additional extension pieces that attach to them, that are perfect for making larger holes in your beads. You would use the same technique when using this drill as you would with a bead reamer. Keep the bead underwater, and ensure the drill does not come contact with the water at the same time.
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