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.