How to Use a Bead Reamer
Bead Reamers are used to file away roughness from holes
in glass, stone and ceramic beads, and to enlarge the holes.
Bead Reamers are made with a handle
and a shaft or "bit" made of diamond dust covered steel.
These reamers are NOT recommended for use with real pearls.
Pearl Reamers commonly have a wooden handle,
and a shaft made specifically for working with Pearls.
Bead Reamers come in a number of different bit or shaft styles,
and now manufacturers offer battery operated bead reamers
to make the job that much easier.
Whether using a Bead Reamer or a Pearl Reamer,
work slowly, without using too much force or the bead may break.
The most important thing to remember when using a Bead Reamer
is to keep bead and the Reamer bit wet at all times.
You may work with both reamer bit and bead submerged in water.
Or, you may hold the reamer and bead under a light stream of water.
After you have finished working with your bead,
dry the bead and the reamer with a soft cloth,
and you're ready to start beading!
ENLARGING A HOLE IN THE BEAD
To enlarge the hole in your bead,
first dip the shaft of the reamer in water.
The water helps to remove the filed material
as well as inhibit friction and heat,
which can damage the bead or shatter it.
The filings stay in the water so you won't inhale them.
Insert the reamer into the hole of the bead
and move it back and forth with a slight twisting motion.
Work slowly to keep from over-correcting.
The reamer will remove the bead material from the hole
as you enlarge it.
Work until the hole is as large as you need for the stringing material you're working with, whether it be cord, nylon, wire or pre-formed eyepins.
SMOOTHING ROUGH EDGES OF A BEAD
Sometimes the inside of the hole in the bead is so rough it will cut your beading string.
Use a Bevel Shaft Bead Reamer to smooth the rough edges of a bead so your beading material will not catch.
FLATTENING THE SIDE OF A BEAD
Use the Flat Shaft Bead Reamer