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If it's just a lead nicopress sleeve, you can go at it with a hacksaw or file it down to the wire to get it off. If it's a steel bead, that approach will take a long time, and it will be difficult because of the small target area and hardness of the metal. (You don't want to cut the wire!) Maybe a drill with an abrasive disc or a dremel with a cutoff wheel would work. For a new swage, you'll want to take it to a rigger with a hydraulic swaging tool.
A Nicopress (lever-action) tool probably won't apply enough pressure to keep it from slipping, but that does depend upon what it's for.;