Hope you had a great New Year! Click a picture below to see one of this month's new beads. To receive free shipping enter "NEWYEAR" (without the commas) in the box at checkout, and click "Redeem Coupon". Use NOW - as expires Friday 20th January 2012.
Click a link below to see one of this month's new beads:
Mystical Faceted 6mm
Elegant 6mm Faux Pearl Necklace
Popular Turquoise Celtic Cross Pendants
Large Carved Haunting Pink Skull Beads
Shiny Pink Peruvian Opal Fancy Drop Nuggets
Long Rainbow Turquoise Icicle Beads - 25mm
Huge Carved Turquoise Skull Bead - 32mm x 27mm
Large Victorian Rainbow Turquoise Beads
Vibrant Rainbow Turquoise Nugget Beads
40 Heavy Spiderweb Agate Rondell Beads Spinning-Top Spacers
Enticing 3-Tone Amber Bracelet
Yellow & Black Tiger-Striped Calsilica Pillow
To see all What's New in our US store click MrBead.com, or UK MrBead.co.uk
Choosing Lampwork Beads
As usual with handcrafted items, the quality is equal to the expertise of its maker. Choose beaded jewelry in a style you like, but remember that style isn't the only thing you must consider when buying handcrafted glass beads. Air bubbles should not normally be visible in the bead – although some beadmakers use these as design elements, but they are normally round or positioned in specific areas. The bead hole should be free of nicks or burrs. Jagged edges around the hole produce a wobbly bead that can eventually cut through beading wire. Check that the shapes of beads. They're handcrafted, so expect some variations, that’s part of their charm, but the overall look should be attractive.
How are Lampwork Beads actually Make?
Lampworkers use a torch to melt the tips of glass rods, and then wind the molten glass around a mandrel, a narrow stainless steel rod. Later, when the bead is removed, the space occupied by the mandrel becomes the hole used to string the bead. Glass cools from the outside in and the outer layers shrink as they cool. Bringing a bead out of the flame and leaving it in the open air allows the outside of the bead to cool rapidly around its molten interior. However, a stress point develops between the cool shrinking glass and the hot center, which can cause a bead to crack immediately or at a later time. To prevent cracks, the beads are soaked in a kiln to make sure that all glass within them is the same temperature. After soaking the artist reduces the kiln’s heat over several hours to bring the beads to room temperature. to top of page
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