Monday, February 15, 2010

New Lampwork Finding

I'm always excited about a new way to wear and display beads! This is a new ring finding - designed for lampwork beads.

It is an adjustable design, but not the cheezy overlap-at-the-back style, but the elegant open wrap around style instead.

It has a post, with a screw on top, and includes a rubber washer - which is really invaluable. I put rubber O rings on all the pens and stuff that I put lampwork beads on, because the screw loosens off, and you tighten it, and inevitably, you over tighten and crack the bead and chip a small piece off the end.

The real challenge is making a bead narrow enough to fit on the post and leave room for the screw top. The base of the bead needs to be no more than about 4 mm.

I suppose that you could cold-work the back of the bead to make it fit.

I know the bead shown isn't particularly amazing, but it is more of a proof of concept, and I can make a better one next. I left it textured and bumpy on the top, and the screw cap fits down into the texture bumps - which I think is pretty cool. A flower design would look very cool this way.

It does stick up a fair ways, but it seems pretty comfortable, and the ends are all smooth and curvy, so it's not bugging me and so far, I haven't snagged it on anything.

Tres kewel!


  1. this is a cool setting but i worry about its height. how is it to wear? i'm always bashing my rings, but i'm a klutz.

  2. Anonymous7:03 p.m.

    great tool !!

  3. What a great idea! I really like the setting.

  4. I like this Ring very much.

    Regardes Katharina

  5. Dove965:19 p.m.

    Love it. Where do you get them?...BeadFX?

  6. yep. They don't have them live yet - but I understand that they will be in the next week or so.

  7. Really pretty! Thank you for sharing.