Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday's Tip

Today's tip is about Lampwork bead hole sizes.When purchasing handmade Lampwork beads the artist will usually list a mandrel size(that's the little steel rod used to wind the hot glass onto).If it says 1/16" that's the smaller size,perfect for beading jewelry.If it says 3/32" that's the larger size perfect for beaded accesories like pens,letter openers and bar tool,but can also be used in jewelry,just make sure you fill in the hole(see Tuesday's tip Jan 12)Please make sure you are purchasing Lampwork beads handmade by the artist,not mass produced.
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