WigJig Dictionary of Beads and Jewelry Making Terms

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Jewelry  Making Terms -- R

rattail Rattail is a type of bead stringing cord, generally made of satin.  This cord is larger than thread and is used with beads with a larger hole.  Rattail Bead Stringing Cord
reamers Reamers are jewelry making tools used to enlarge the size of the hole in a bead.  The reamer is used by placing the reamer bit into the hole in the bead and spinning the bit.  The abrasive nature of the bit removes some of the bead material causing the existing hole to become larger.  See our reamers here. Bead Reamers Jewelry Making Tool
ribbon Ribbon is a fabric based bead stringing material. Ribbon Jewelry Making Supplies
rondelle Rondelle is a shape of bead.  Rondelle beads are essentially shaped like a Life Saver candy.  Rondelle Shape for Beads

round (beads):

Round beads are generally spherical in shape.  Round beads may be faceted like the bead shown at right, or may be smooth like a pearl.  Round Shape for Beads
round nose pliers Round nose pliers are pliers with two conical jaws like the ones shown at right.  Round nose pliers are used for making loops.  The size of the loop made is determined by how far down the jaws the loop is made.  Loops made near the tips are smaller.  Loops made near the hinge are larger.  See our round nose pliers here. Round Nose Pliers Jewelry Making Tool
round (wire): Round wire is with with a round cross section. Round Jewelry Making Wire
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