Monday, April 18, 2011

Big-Hole Bead Obsession!

And no, I am not talking about 3/16" / 5mm-hole beads for Pandora style bracelet or my Ginormous Capped and Cored Series which also only have 3/16" hole!

It started with just 5/8". I had fun incorporating my Leaves Series using the large-hole mandrel. I put it on one of our crochet necklaces and will probably send this in for the Bead Invitational at Pismo Gallery.

After making a few more,I got ambitious and decided to try my hand on using a 1" mandrel (just happened to have one laying around)! I had so much trouble keeping the bead from cracking - for the 1" metal mandrel acts as a huge heat sink - that I had to modify my design a bit. Tried it on the 5/8" first . . .

. . . , then was successful in making two 1" ones!

Here is to show how really big they are . . . I don't have very big hands! :)


Jane Perala said...

I can never get them even all the way around - lol.

Yee said...


Narrative jewelry said...

They are just amazing, i can imagine you worked with silver glass ?

enVision said...

Thank you for the kind words! Yes, these are all with silver glass. :)