Looking for 6 or 8mm beads with 3 holes drilled in a T shape....or 3 of 4 "sides" drilled. Any such creatures out there? Do not want a bead that is T shaped (too big for my purposes)
Windy, the only "use" I have seen with this configuration is the end of a stretchy bead bracelet. The ones I saw most were cat's eye beads. That may be of no use to you, but it might give a source or a correct name for them. Dunno. Donna
where did you see those?
Are these what you're looking for (have to take out the spaces)?
http://www .firemountaingems. com / itemdetails / H208322NB
right idea, but too big and odd shaped
Windy, those were like what I was thinking of, but I have seen them a bit smaller and round, and my thought was that it was on FMG or some larger crafty site like that. Maybe Michaels or Hobby Lobby or one like that.......or Oriental Trading has some odd beads, it may have been there. Sorry I am not much help, typically I buy those bracelets premade from FMG because they come in quantities like 6 or 8 bracelets in different colors for almost zero money. Then I just yank them apart when I am ready to make something and need a dozen or so beads of a certain color. Sorry. Donna
well that's a sneaky approach :) Why do stretch bracelets need them? I wanted to onnect wire perpendicular to another piece of wire without showing jump rings or headpins, etc. I tried Michaels down here (up here?) with no luck and haven't seen anything on FM. I guess the hunt continues. Maybe I'll try to expand the filagree on a filagree bead.....
Windy, I get sneaky because I work mostly with delicas, so when I need the "odd bead" I learned to look for things like that............also because I am overly addicted to cat's eye beads in almost any color they come in. (who knows, but I am enchanted with them). The other thing is FMG sells bulk items like 10 strands of cube beads in different colors and sizes......the strands are all 16" so a large variety and quantity for the price. They do the same things with stone chips and freshwater pearls. I am stocked for my occasional needs. The T-drilled beads are a fast way to connect the ends of the bead bracelets. They just run the elastic through the T bead and out the bottom and do an overhand knot and voila! a bracelet. Must be the fastest/cheapest way to do them. Donna
those are great. Are the holes at the bottom of the bead? Are there other colors?
Those are the only ones I've come across, one hole runs the regular way through the bead and one runs in to meet the main hole so it is like a T with the bar longer than the leg. I think these were designed for the elastic type bracelets.
I have repaired bracelets with these beads often. Sometimes they are just fun bracelets, but often they are buddhist mala bracelets, prayer bracelets, with 21 beads. I haven't googled them to check details. I repaired one last week, an amber mala bracelet that had been blessed by the Dalai Lama. Nervous I was, didn't want to drop and lose a bead, lol
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I wonder why they are so hard to find!
I have heard them called baluster beads, but I think if you googled "guru" beads for mala bracelets you might find some. Let us know!
Fire Mountain has them with the corresponding guru bead. They're all 10mm though. Shopping - Fire Mountain Gems and Beads