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#1

Recently, I got 2mm round amethyst beads where I couldn’t pull the
end of the needle through the hole.

Any advice on how to remedy this problem??

Thanks.
Barbara


#2
 Recently, I got 2mm round amethyst beads where I couldn't pull
the end of the needle through the hole" 

Barbara, It sounds as though you might be using a “beading” needle
that is a longer, slender version of a sewing needle. They do tend
to be thicker at the eye end. You might want to switch to a twisted
"beading" needle that is a very slender wire that is folded back on
itself and twisted. The “eye” of that type of needle is very thin.
Good Luck

Orchid Rules! Karla in Sunny So. California


#3
  Recently, I got 2mm round amethyst beads where I couldn't pull
the end of the needle through the hole" 

You could enlarge the holes using diamond drill bits, which are
wires covered with diamond grit. Available from all the usual
suspects. Do drill under water. There are also diamond reamers that
are tapered versions of the above but they are used for removing
smaller amounts of material.

www.sumnersilverman.com


#4

Hi,

 Recently, I got 2mm round amethyst beads where I couldn't pull the
end of the needle through the hole

You might try a different needle. You can make your own from binding
wire. I like to use the .010" stainless steel wire. Here’s how I make
my needles.

  1. Cut about 8 " of wire from the spool.

  2. Put a small hook in a flex shaft, motor tool or drill.

  3. Fold the wire in half.

  4. Whle holding the ends together, put the wire over the hook in the
    flexshaft & twist the wire.

  5. Remove from the hook.

If the loop needs to be larger, hold the twisted part close to the
loop & unwind from the loop end a few turns.

You now have a thin, .020", very flexible needle that’s quick to
make & very inexpensive. If you want the twisting can be done by hand
using a pin vise, pliers or your fingers.