cutting bugle beads

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k. erickson wrote
on Oct 11, 2014 5:37 PM

Is there a tool for cutting bugle beads?

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D.M.Z wrote
on Oct 11, 2014 8:44 PM

k., not enough info.........why, and how much, and into what? and also, are these old bugle beads or new ones?............ DMZ

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shanks wrote
on Oct 11, 2014 10:30 PM

Use a Triangle file, score around the bead ans bend. It will break where you use the file..

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k. erickson wrote
on Oct 12, 2014 2:33 PM

I have a lot of 20mm and 30mm bulges, some old and some new. I want to cut them into different lengths.

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D.M.Z wrote
on Oct 12, 2014 4:09 PM

I'd follow shanks advice, make sure you score the bead evenly and fully so you get the least amount of breakage. The older ones will be interesting.....will they break more or less. If you are going to use them with thread, I'd run the new cut surfaces over a bit of sandpaper or that same triangle file and maybe a diamond reamer in the new hole to smooth it a bit. Most bugles have been tumbled to take off the sharp edges and they still can cut thread more than the average bead. OR, find some new faboo pattern that uses these long bugles and use them up and buy newer, shorter ones. LOL. Have fun. DMZ

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k. erickson wrote
on Oct 13, 2014 10:52 AM

Thank you shanks and D.M.Z.!

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