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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" Stork Scissors

Economical scissors with the classic stork design and golden handles. A good value and nice design 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
5" Round Nose Pliers
Same as above with round nose
TO-RNP
$10.95
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
$22.00
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 Pakistan.

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

TO-MAW
$4.25
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 BURNERS, ZAPPERS & SEALERS
Compare Thread Burners, Super Max Thread Burners & Thread Zap

Thread burners, zappers and sealers are a great tool to have when working with thread and cord. They can be used on synthetic cord & thread, such as nylon, and silk. When used to cut, they cauterize the ends and keep them from unravelling. When used to melt and to fuse the ends they prevent the final knots from getting untied. It is best to let the cord melt and to push the melted end against the knot rather than melting the knot itself. These tools are so much more precise than a cigarette lighter. They are a necessity for making Shambhala bracelets with Chinese Knotting Cord and for sliding square knot closures.

Compare
Hottest to Cooler - Super Max Burner, Ultra Zap, Zap II
The Super Max Burner gets red hot immediately. The other burners do not get as hot and take longer to reach their highest temperatures. The Ultra Thread Zap gets hotter faster than the Thread Zap II, but a smaller area of the tip gets red.

Tips Sizes - Smaller to Larger - Ultra Zap, Super Max Burner, Zap II

Ergonomics - Most comfortable first - Ultra Zap, Super Max Burner, Zap II

Best Features - Super Max for red hot tip. Ultra Zap for retractable tip. Zap II for best price.

Notes
For safety, remove the battery or the tip when storing. Keep away from children.

These tools work well when finishing a limited number of thread as each individual thread or cord needs to melted one at a time.

May leave discoloration especially with light colored thread or cord.

Change the batteries often and let the tip cut or melt without forcing to keep the tip from getting damaged.

And foremost be careful not to melt or burn your work!

I tested these tools with new alkaline batteries (same brand and quality level), 2 AAs in the Super Max Burner, 1 AA in the Thread Zap II and 2 AAAs in the Ultra Thread Zap. > Read more in blog post and see larger pictures

Compare Thread Burners , Super Max Pen & Thread Zapp Tips
Compare Replacement Tips for Thread Burners, Super Max Pen, Thread Zapps
Super Max Thread Burner/Super Thread Zapper Super Max Thread Burner/Pen
by Euro Tool

Designed originally for working with wax models. Battery operated with 2 AA battery included. 9 " (22.5 cm) long.

Burns hotter and gets to a higher temperature faster than any of the other thread burners. Best for heavier cords and for designers like myself always in a hurry!

TO-SMX
$28.00

Batteries removed and not included 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.

TO-ZTIP
$6.75
Beadsmart Thread Burner/Beadsmith Thread Zapper Thread Zap II
Thread Burner by Beadsmith

Battery operated with one AA battery (not included). 6 inch (15 cm) long.

Takes the longest time to get hot. Best price.

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.

TO-ZAP2
$10.00
Thread Burner or Zapper Replacent Tip 2 Replacement Tips 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. Includes two tips.

TO-Z2Tip
$3.50
Thread Burner or Zapper Replacent Tip
Ultra Thread Zap
Ultra Thread Zap
New Thread Burner by Beadsmith

Battery operated with two AAA battery (not included). Include 1 extra tip in battery compartment. 5 inch (12.5 cm) long.

Retractable tip. Ergonomic design.

Best for working with fine thread, such as C-Lon Bead thread Size D, AA and Micro Cord and in area when you do not want the red hot tip of the Super Max Burner.

 

TO-UZAP
$12.00
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. Another great option is the Mini-Board attached to the cardboard center of fabric bolts.
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, Shambhala bracelets, 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 sides 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 making. 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, very portable. To hold the mini boards against a table the best option is to pin it to the cardboard center of fabric bolt. Ask for one at a fabric store or quilting supplier.

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/Cord maker a.k.a. Kreinik Custom Corder® NEW Weighted Handle Design!

Comes with Kreinik's set of instructions for cord making. 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

 
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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