Free EBooks



Browse Media

Makeover: Turn Lampworked Mistakes into Beautiful Beads

Mar 30, 2008
Views: 20,245
Downloads: 2,302
Comments: 2
File Size: 609.2kB
Average rating:

Designer: Monica Howard
Published: March 31, 2008
Technique: Beadmaking

If you cannot bear to throw out your practice or broken lampworked beads, here are two tricks that may save many innocent and lovely beads from the trash bin.

+ Add a comment


LoriB@45 wrote
on Jun 7, 2008 10:12 AM

I sometimes buy lampwork seconds to save money but I don't have access to the materials in the article. To fix a broken or uneven edge around a hole I make a matching bead cap out of PMC. If necessary I epoxy the two together so they stay lined up correctly. On one large focal coin bead the holes had caved in leaving scallops on the front and back sides. I found that a 6/0 bead fit perfectly in the holes and really added to the look of the bead.

on Jun 12, 2008 4:53 PM

Yes! I too throw my broken or ugly beads into the kiln, and then look what happens! They are beautiful cabochons, and I wrap them in seed-beaded bezels. Much better than stones...