Written by Jo Reed of Finding Beadtopia
FEATURED SUPPLIER! – The Little Bead Box
Like many a bead supplier Liz started out making her own jewellery before turning her hand to supplies. Liz claims to be a normal Mum but if so she is a normal Mum with a great side-line in all things beady.
The Little Bead Box is full and I mean full of tempting items for beaders , jewellery makers and button lovers. Take a look at some of Liz’s specialities, 50g button selections in almost every colour and beautiful Lucite flower beads. I also suspect Liz is attempting to supply every shade of chain possible, if you want green chain would you believe it Liz has got it!
You can read more about Liz and her little bead shop over on her blog
FOLKSY FINDS! Holding it Together
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JEWELLERS TIPS! – Loving Lampwork
Durability – Good lampwork artists will always stress that they anneal their beads but what does it mean? During the heating and shaping process the glass can become stressed as it cools at various rates. To “iron” out these stresses the glass is held at a steady temperature in a kiln and then cooled very slowly. This makes the beads extremely strong if done correctly and is part of the reason why archaeological finds can turn up glass beads that are thousands of years old.
Danger – The bead release used to prevent the glass from sticking to the mandrel is dangerous if ingested. This is why lampwork artists will talk about cleaning their beads so that all traces of the bead release are gone before sale.
Dimples – This is the slight inward dip towards the hole of the bead. This shape gives the bead good structure and helps with strength. It also means no sharp edges to catch on wires or threads.
Desirability – Some people collect lampwork beads purely as pieces of art but I’m pretty sure here at Folksy we’re a little more practical and want to make unique stuff with them.
Jo Reed @ Finding Beadtopia
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