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TOOLS
SCISSORS, PLIERS, TWEEZERS...
Embroidery Scissors 4" Classic Embroidery Sharp Point Scissors

Stainless steel with big handles and fine point, so good for precision cuts. A good economical scissors. A really good value for the price. Made in Pakistan.

Personal note :: Amazing for the price... A must for any

TO-FPT
$5.95
Fancy Beading Scissors 3 1/2
3 1/2" Beading Scissors

Economical scissors with golden handles. A great value for the price. Made in Pakistan with German Stainless Steel.

Personal note :: They cut Kanagawa 1000 denier embroidery silk very well!

TO-FS2
$4.95
Fancy Beading Scissors 3 1/2
3 1/2" Stork Scissors

Economical scissors with the classic stork design and golden handles. The point of the scissor is rounded. A good value for the price. Made in Pakistan.

TO-FS1
$4.95
Needle-Nose Pliers 5" Chain Nose Pliers

Stainless Steel. Good for all around use. Made in Pakistan.

Personal note :: Good for pulling needles, setting links. I like these better than higher priced ones...

TO-CNP
$10.95
Sorry, sold out
5" Round Nose Pliers
Same as above with round nose
TO-RNP
$10.95
Sorry, sold out
micro beading tweezers
Micro Beading Tweezers


# 5 tweezers - 4 inch 5/8 long (11.8 cm). Comfortable width and nice point perfect for sliding knots when stringing beads. Made in Pakistan.

Personal note :: These are pretty good at a fraction of the price of a pair of Dumont's tweezers from Switzerland.

TO-TWZ
$3.50
BEAD REAMERS & AWLS
Pro Electric Reamer Set by Eurotool
New Pro Electric Bead Reamer - Eurotool

New by Eurotool. Perfect for enlarging bead holes and smoothing bead edges. Includes 3 diamond tips (2 tapered tips - one short, one long and 1 45º edge tip). Variable Speed Control 1,000 - 18,000 rpm. Use water or a lubricant when cutting with diamond instruments and let the diamond tip do the cutting, do not force the tip in.

Personal note :: The adjustable speed right in the handle is nice. I had to work adjusting the tips after changing them to keep them well centered so they would not wobble. Once adjusted, this tool work very well. So now I keep my older set and the newer one, one with a tapered tip, the other with the edger.

TO-PER
$24.00
bead Tweezers with Nylon Tips
Bead Tweezers with Nylon Tip

New bead tweezer designed specifically for sorting and handling beads and delicate pearls. This tweezer tip is nylon so it will not scratch or damage beads. The shank is made of high-grade stainless steel for a light touch with excellent grip.

Personal note :: Good for holding round beads while reaming them!

TO-BTZ
$6.50
Bead Reamer Set
Deluxe Diamond Bead Reamer Set

This set includes three diamond tips, a small and a large reamers plus a 45º edge. The tips get stored in the handle. The handle has a comfortable cover. Engineered by Euro Tool. Made in the U.S.A.

Personal note :: A must if working with gemstone beads!

TO-RMS
$15.95
Replacement Bead Reamers
Diamond Bead Reamer 3 Pieces Replacement Set

Includes: small and large diamond reamers plus a 45º edge for cleaning bead edges. By Euro Tool. Made in the U.S.A.

Personal note :: Better quality than the last sets I carried, plus made in the USA!

TO-RMR
$5.95
Replacement Bead Reamers
Fine Bead Reamer 1 Piece Replacement Tip

1 large fine tipped diamond reamer by Euro Tool. Made in the U.S.A. Best reamer to enlarge bead holes.

Personal note :: I am very happy to have found this tip all by itself as I use it faster than the other tips!

TO-RMF
$2.95
Fine point Pearl Reamers
Fine Point Pearl Reamers

A two-piece set with wooden handle. The very fine has a reamer with tiny file-like edges of 0.6mm (.02") diameter, the fine a 1.0mm (.04"). Delicate fine tools for delicate materials. Made in the U.S.A.

Personal note :: Great for enlarging the holes of pearls by twisting or for probing fine holes!

TO-RMP
$10.25
Beading Awl Beading Awl

6" long with a very fine stainless steel point, nice weight and comfortable PVC handle. Made in Pakistan.

TO-AWL
$4.95
Beading Awl Micro Beading Awl

4 1/4" long with a very fine stainless steel point, nice weight and comfortable foam handle. Made in China.

Personal note :: Either one is good for taking knots apart or probing beads!

TO-MAW
$4.25
Sorry, out of stock
Beading Awl Wooden Handle Awl

7" long with a point profile that works well for breaking seed beads off the cord without damaging the cord. Made in Pakistan.

Personal note :: Using a wood block, insert point right into the seed beads that needs to be broken. Very useful when making tubular bead crochet ropes.

TO-WHA
$3.95
       
THREAD BURNER, ZAPPER & SEALER
Beadsmart Thread Burner/Beadsmith Thread Zapper Thread Burner, Zapper and Sealer
Perfect End
Thread Burner by Beadsmart/Euro Tool (also known as Thread Zap or Zapper/same tool/different names)

Use to burn or seal the end of thread. Works well on thin nylon and silk to cut and cauterize the ends of thread. The tip gets to 850º Fahrenheit. It is battery operated with one AA battery. Battery included. 7" (17 cm) long.
Recommended for C-Lon Micro Cord/Nylon #69 and other very thin thread. For heavier thread and cord the Super Max is best.

TO-ZAP
$22.95
Sorry, no longer stocked. Get the SuperMax or the Thread Zap II.

Batteries removed for International orders

Super Max Thread Burner/Super Thread Zapper

Super Max Thread Burner, Zapper and Sealer
Super Max Wax
Pen by Euro Tool
(also known as Thread Zap+ or Super Zapper) NEW!

Designed for working with wax models. For burning the ends of thread it works just like the tool listed above, with the addition of an extra battery. 2 AA battery included. It burns hotter and gets to a higher temperature faster. 9 " (22.5 cm) long. Recommended for all nylon thread, silks and Chinese Knotting Cord.

TO-SMX
$27.95

Batteries removed for International orders

Thread Burner or Zapper Replacent Tip Thread Burner Replacement Tip for Super Max Thread Burner or for Perfect End Thread Burner by Euro Tool

Just like light bulbs, the tip needs replacement occasionally. Always check the battery first unless you notice obvious damage to the tip.
Replaces tip for both tools listed above.

TO-ZTIP
$6.75

Comparison between the Perfect End Burner and the Super Max :: I tested these two tools with the same exact battery/ies and tip. The regular size is good for C-Lon Micro Cord, Nylon #69 and for single thread burns of C-Lon Bead Cord/Nylon #18, although it took time to melt the standard size of C-Lon Bead Cord and the nylon #18. It takes too long to burn and cauterize C-Lon Tex 400 Cord. It works on sewing weight silk thread, but not with Fujix and Kanagawa Embroidery Silks. The new Super Max is perfect for C-Lon Bead Cord, C-Lon Tex 400 Cord, Kanagawa and Fujix silks and Chinese Knotting Cord. If you want to get good result burning the ends for sliding square knot closure, the extra heat and speed of the Super Max is a must, especially when working with any of the Chinese Cord. I only use the Super Max Thread Burner for projects requiring burning or melting cord ends.

The hot tip cuts nylon thread cleanly but may leave discoloration noticeable with light colors. These tools work well when finishing a limited number of thread as you really need to burn each individual thread one at a time. The Super Max tip gets hotter, and works faster than the regular size tool. Make sure the batteries are good ones and change them often or when the tip does not get red hot anymore. With either tool, be careful not to melt or burn your work. For safety, remove the battery or the tip when storing. Keep away from children.

Beadsmart Thread Burner/Beadsmith Thread Zapper Thread Zap II
New
Thread Burner by Beadsmith

Use to burn or seal the end of thread. Works well on nylon and silk to cut and cauterize the ends of thread. It is battery operated with one AA battery (not included). 6 " (15 cm) long.

New on the market. Some the tips of the models tested just fell out when the burner was opened as there was not enough friction between the tip and the fittings into the tool handle. Here is the fix for this problem: widen the space between the two prongs for a proper fit. When all three models were tested at the same time with the same batteries, this model took the longest time to get hot and did not get as hot as the Super Max at $27.95.

TO-ZAP2
$12.95
Thread Burner or Zapper Replacent Tip Thread Burner 2-Pack Replacement for Thread Zap II by Beadsmith

Just like light bulbs, the tip needs replacement occasionally. Always check the battery first unless you notice obvious damage to the tip. Include two tips.
Replaces tip for the Beadsmith Zap II . Not interchangeable with the Euro Tool tips.

TO-Z2Tip
$3.50
MACRAME BOARDS

Personal note :: I work with a board attached to an artist easel. It is easier on my back. For several years, I have used a Lacis board with a bead mat attached on top for comfort. So far it's holding amazingly well. I have not had to replace it. In workshops, some of my students have a clear preference of one brand over the other, and some use the two boards combined with the Lacis one pinned to the traditional board for the extra weight.
Comparing the Lacis and the Beadsmith Boards: At the last Cavandoli workshop, we found that the Beadsmith boards hold the T-pins very tightly. To save fingers from extra strain, use a pair of pliers to pull them off. For Cavandoli, the Lacis board might be best, but for anything where you want an extra hold, such as square knotting, Shambhalla bracelts, leather wrap bracelet, the extra hold of the Beadsmith board might be best.
Alternatives :: Several sheets of foam board glued together for a finished thickness of at least half an inch, cork bulletin boards, velveteen jewelry tray inserts, but watch out for pins sticking out of the back of boards or stiff pillows attached to boards!

Macrame Board Macrame Board

11" by 17" brown particle board, with covered with plastic. Do not remove the plastic as the board will shed. The current version, a Pepperell brand not Wellington, has a grid in inches, several sizing guides and just a few diagrams of knots, the larkshead, double half hitch...
Shipping note :: Shipping weight is about 1.5lbs/680gr. Shipped International by USPS First Class Mail in a padded envelope with a cardboard liner. Extra charge may apply.

Personal note :: This is the traditional macrame board. Its weight makes in a good board to hold at a 45º angle off a table edge. To extend its life, recover the board with clear plastic tape when damaged. Will shed and self destruct with heavy use.

TO-MBD
$10.00
 

Lacis Macrame Board

Lacis Macrame Board

A white 12" x 16" x 1/2" oval polyurethane closed cell board with grip slots along one edge for holding the free thread ends in tension or out of the way.
Shipping note :: Shipping weight is about 1lbs/375gr. Shipped Internationally by USPS First Class Mail in a padded envelope.

Personal note :: I would add a fabric cover with an open end for access to the slots as I don't like the feel of the polyurethane. This board is light and does not shed like the particle board listed above. Best used flat or attached to something else.

TO-LBD
$16.00
 

Lacis Macrame Board

Lacis Macrame Board Plus

Same as above, but comes with a soft bead mat and complimentary T-Pins. T-pins hold the bead mat place and use them to secure work in place. This board can be used for macrame as well as leather wrap bracelet as shown in this picture. The extra materials shown with the board are not included.

Personal note :: Great to work on leather wrap bracelet. I set it up for a demo of the leather wrap bracelet and found it to work so well, I now use it in my studio, flat on my table. The slots at the bottom of the board hold the leather in place. Empty bead tubes elevate the leather off the board for easy access to add the beads.

TO-LB+
$17.00
 

Beadsmith Macrame Board

Beadsmith Macrame Board

Designed with notches on all side to hold cords. Lightweight, self healing foam so pins can be used without damaging the surface. 11.5 inches by 15.5 inches with a 10 inches by 14 inches grid for measuring. Mouse over or click for other views...

Personal note :: It's a good board. It can be leaned against a table or placed flat on a table depending on what you do with it. The side slots are good the anchor cords. The only draw back is the smell of the board once you remove the plastic. I left mine outside to air out for a few days and the smell dissipated.

TO-BSB
$16.95
 

Beadsmith Macrame Board

Beadsmith Mini Macrame Board

Same as above but smaller. 7.5 inches by 10.5 inches with a 6 inches by 9 inches grid for measuring.

Personal note :: Perfect size for doing leather wrap bracelet, more portable, but not as nice to hold against a table as the larger one. One option it to pin it to the center cardboard holding fabric bolt. Ask for one at your favorite fabric store... Photo coming up.

TO-MINI
$8.95
 
Inmpinted Bead Mat Bead Mat

9 inches by 12 inches. Beige in color. Shown above pinned to the Lacis Board.

Personal Note :: I also like to pin one on my knotting board as it makes a softer surface to knot against.

TO-BM1
$1.00
 

Inmpinted Bead Mat

Imprinted Portable Bead Mat

Imprinted with inches and centimeters. 9 1/2 inches by 12 1/4 inches (24 cm x 31 cm). Can be rolled with project inside and secured with two elastic bands, one on each side is more secure than one as shown in picture. Comes in package of 3 or singly.

Personal note :: I often include this bead mat with my student kits when teaching. It beats paper plates to keep our beads from rolling around plus it has a ruler easy to reach.

TO-BMT
Pack of 3
$8.50

Single Mat
$3.25
CORD MAKING EQUIPMENT & SKEIN WINDER
Corder/Mini-Twister Cord Mini-Twister/Cordmaker a.k.a. Kreinik Custom Corder® NEW Weighted Handle Design!

Comes with Kreinik's set of instructions for cordmaking. Current corder is all black with brass fittings.

Personal note :: I have used this small portable hand tool for many years to make 2 and 3 ply cords. It fits easily in my small portable tool pouch. I have made cords with this tool at demonstrations, in hotel rooms and in my studio when I prefer to work without the noise of electric tools!

TO-MTS
$16.00

 
Umbrella Swift - Skein Winder Umbrella Swift - Skein Winder

Metal swift with flexible covered ribs. Extend for skeins up to a 60 inches. Can be position horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Adjustable table clamp. Small attached handle allow the swift to be used as a skein winder.

Personal note :: I bought mine originally years ago to make small skeins of silk cord when hand dyeing. We use it now every week to transfer Chinese Knotting Cord from skein to cards. > Read blog - Tips on Unwinding Skeins

TO-SWF
$44.00

Sorry, sold out
 
NEEDLE SAFES
Needle Safe Needle-Safe®

Plastic case with a snap closure and white magnetic liner for securing needles. The box is white and 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 1/2". Needles not included. Great for safe transport of needles and pins to workshops. Needles not included!

Personal note :: I keep a 'fully loaded' set in my traveling pouch. New boxes are white!

TO-SAF
$9.25
Needle Safe Loaded with Needles and T-pins Needle-Safe® Fully Loaded

Loaded with T-pins and John James Needles (good quality)
6 1"3/4 T-pins, 12 1"1/4 T-pins
10 assorted needles: Tapestry (blunt end) size 28, 26, 24, 22 & 20 Chenille (sharp) size 24 & 22 are in the mix.

Personal note :: I use these T-pins and needles for micro knotting with nylon #18 and #69 and Kanagawa Silk. The smaller 1" T-pins are not always available in local store and the needles are the perfect size for the nylon and silk!

TO-SAF+
$12.95
T-PINS
1 1 1/4 " T-Pins (32 mm) .35 oz. (10g)
#20 T-Pins Ø 0.76mm ( 0.030")

Package of 10 grams of 1 1/4 " Steel T-pins, packed by weight, usually contains about 60 T-pins. The thin diameter is perfect for micro macrame.

Personal note :: I use these T-pins for pinning my work to the board for my micro macrame work. I found the steel T-pins to be the only one that do not bend with repetitive use. This size is not always available in local stores and is the perfect size for working with C-Lon and Nylon #18. The T-pins usually sold in stores for micro macrame are the 1 1/2" ones and their diameters are too large for fine work!

TO-TP1.25
$2.25
1 3/4 1 3/4" T-Pins (45 mm) .35 oz. (10g)
#28 T-Pins Ø 1.15mm ( 0.0455")

Package of 10 grams of 1 3/4" Steel T-pins, has about 18 pins.

Personal note :: I use these T-pins for pinning cords, large elements such as gemstone donuts or to keep large groups of thread out of my working area. Either size works as the diameter is the same.

TO-TP2
$1.35
NEEDLES
JOHN JAMES TAPESTRY NEEDLES
Blunt ends
Packages of 6 needles in Size 20, 22, 24, 26
or package of 4 needles in Size 28

 

TO-TAP
$1.75

JOHN JAMES CHENILLE NEEDLES
Like Tapestry but with sharp ends
Packages of 6 needles. Available in Size 22 or 24

TO-CHE
$1.75
Beading Needles Beading Needles Beading Needles   ENGLISH BEADING NEEDLES

Packages of 4 needles each.
Available in:
Size 10
Size 12
Size 10-13 (2 size 10, 1 size 12, 1 size 13)

Personal note :: Long, thin needles, usually used for beading small diameter beads with thin thread such as C-Lon Bead Thread Size D & AA!

TO-BN#
$2.25
Size 10
Size 12
10/13
Big Eye Beading Needles BIG EYE BEADING NEEDLES

Package of 6 assorted needles. Easy to thread, work from either end.

Personal note :: No need of a threader!

TO-BIG
$2.75
Big Eye Beading Needles GRIFFIN TWISTED WIRE BEADING NEEDLES
These needles are made out of twisted stainless steel wire, making them strong, yet flexible. They are a good choice for working with pearls, gemstones beads or beads that are somewhat irregular or have curved holes.

Made in Germany. Packs of 25 needles.

Choose Size:
Fine - Ø 0.24 mm / 0.00945 inch
Medium - Ø 0.36 mm / 0.0142 inch
Heavy - Ø 0.50 mm / 0.0197 inch

Personal note :: Match the size to your beads and thread... One pack will last a long time!

TO-GRF
$5.30
Bead Embroidery Needles BEAD EMBROIDERY NEEDLES

Package of 4 needles. Blunt ends. 2 size 10, 2 size 12. Designed for bead embroidery, so shorter than the standard English bead needles. Works well with C-Lon Bead thread size D and AA.

Personal note :: I prefer blunt ends over the regular English needles. The blunt ends lowers the likelihood of splitting the thread when going through the beads multiple times!

TO-BEN
$2.75

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