Using Lampwork Beads When the Hole is Too Large
by Sheila Davis.
(Shelton, Washington State USA)
If the hole in your lampwork bead is too large, here’s a way to “downsize” it.
Use hollow rubber cording, also called “jewelry tube” (available from Beadsmith), cut to fit the bead or even a tiny bit shorter, and string the rubber through the hole in the bead.
It comes in black and clear, and it also helps protect your stringing material from sharp edges.
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Downsizing lampwork bead holes
What a great idea, Sheila! Rubber tubing is kind of a nifty, multi-purpose jewelry making material – thanks so much for sharing this cool new use for it!
Also, I can’t decide which of your four gorgeous creations (in the photos above) I love best – I keep thinking it’s either the vessel or the key – but then I look at the peppermints and bead caps and I just can’t choose! Your work is stunning.
Thank you so much for the nice compliments Rena!
Sheila told me this tip a while back and it works like a dream! I use a lot of lampwork in my designing and this solved a major problem for me. Thanks Sheila!
for lampwork creators
by: here today beadworks
As a non-lampwork creator, I sometimes buy lampwork beads to use in my pieces. I will try to remember this tip, and buy some tubing, but… wouldn’t it be a great customer service to include a short piece of tubing and an explanation of what it is for with each bead you sell? Easy for you to do, and it would solve a problem your buyer might not even know they had until they had trouble using your bead.
Including tubing with the beads
Great idea, Here Today! Customers always appreciate extra touches like that.
Thanks for the suggestion Here Today. I have done this in the past. Most of my beads now are made on smaller mandrels for easy stringing. I will include a piece in my focals though with a little note on how to use it!