2016 -  January 20


Bead Liners & Caps!

Stephanie White



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Stephanie showed us how to cap and line our lampwork beads!  Then we tried with our own beads. 

Stephanie is ready to begin the demo.  She uses brass, copper, or aluminum tubing and sheet purchased from Ace Hardware. 


She uses beads made on a 3/32" or 1/8" mandrel.  Using tubing that fits the bead hole, she marks tubing, leaving about 2mm on each side of the bead.


Stephanie uses a jeweler's saw to cut the tubing.  Use pressure only on the downward stroke.  The tubing can be rotated once the tubing has been cut past half way.  She files rough edges once tubing is cut.







Stephanie uses 22-24 gauge sheet metal.  She's already cut several disks from this one.  Before cutting, it may be patterned with a rolling mill or other tool(s).


Stephanie slides the sheet between the sections of a disk cutter, and positions it under the hole she wants to use.  She determines the disk size according to the size of her bead.


She places the die with the beveled end up; the straight end does the cutting.  She uses a mallet to make the cut.








Stephanie files the edges of the disk, and marks the center with a scribe.  She uses a punch to mark a divot, then drills the center hole in two stages to get the correct size to fit over the tubing. 


Here's one of Stephanie's disks ready for the next step.


Stephanie uses a dapping block in stages from larger to smaller and a rubber hammer or leather mallet to dome the disk to fit the bead. 








Next, she begins flaring one side of the tubing with an awl or mandrel.  Stephanie says the initial flaring shown here and in the next step is the most difficult part of the process.


Once the tubing is slightly flared, she begins holding the flared tubing against the smallest in a set of daps and taps with a rubber hammer to increase flare.  She proceeds to larger daps as flaring increases.  She files the opposite end if it begins to flare, to ensure it will fit through the bead.


Once one end of the tubing is flared, Stephanie threads the disks and bead onto it, then begins flaring the straight side with an awl, and then flares that side with the daps. 








Once flaring has begun, Stephanie continues flaring with a hammer on a flat block.  It is important to continue only until the tubing it tight against the bead.  Too much pressure could break the bead. 


TADA!  Stephanie has completed her beautiful capped and lined bead! 


Now it's our turn to play!  Fun, fun!!









The photos below are of lined or capped and lined beads and jewelry by Lynn Short.  If you've made some beautiful lined and/or capped beads since the demo, please send your photos and notes to your Web Mama, and they'll be posted here for you!! 





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