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Old 2010-01-02, 2:12pm
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Default Enlarging bead holes using a glass grinder

Hi everyone,

I've learned so much here in the past few years. I'm just giving back a little bit.

I created a quick tutorial on my website on how to enlarge a glass bead hole using a glass grinder and a 1/4" grinder bit. When I use a 3/16" mandrel, the hole will fit the 3/16 tubing, but this hole is never quite big enough for my Pandora bracelet beads. It will fit the narrower Troll bracelets just fine. So, I enlarge the bead holes so I can core them with the 1/4" tubing, which is the perfect size for the Pandora bracelet. I do have 1/4" mandrels, but until recently, I couldn't use them on the beadrollers I have. 3/16" mandrels were the biggest mandrels I could use on the disc beadroller plus which is my favorite of the beadroller collection. So this is my work-a-round. You can also use a 1/4" diamond drill bit on your drill press too. But I find this method very easy and quick.
http://www.jsavinacollection.com/pag...ssBeadHole.php

If you have any question, just PM me.

Enjoy!

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Old 2010-01-02, 2:56pm
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Nice tut Jeanette thank you !
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Old 2010-01-02, 3:04pm
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How very cool Jeanette. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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Nice tut.
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Old 2010-01-03, 11:19am
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Old 2010-01-05, 3:24pm
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 2010-01-05, 3:31pm
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Oh, this is spiffy! I love BIG HOLE BEADS! Yours are gorgeous!

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Old 2010-01-05, 3:43pm
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Oh, this is spiffy! I love BIG HOLE BEADS! Yours are gorgeous!

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Thank you De!

And you're very welcome everyone. It was my pleasure.

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And I just purchased a Grinder that had been in Garage Sale a while back...and, lucky for me, didn't sell yet. I also heard from the Admin at the Adult School where I was hoping to get into the Glass Fusing Night Class...they were accepting 6 new students, and received 20 applications on the first day. Good news was mine was #1 - YAY!!! I tell you, it feels like my LUCKY DAY!

(And to think my husband said I was just over-anxious and too organized mailed my application on Saturday with fingers crossed! - HA! Hope he figures out how to work the Nuke-E-Wave on Tuesday nights! )

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Old 2010-01-05, 5:08pm
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I love the word "spiffy"! But the tut is thoroughly spiffy! Your setup looks great too. Have you ever had a bead break in your fingers while the grinder is rotating?

Just a question about your caps, which I also love - what tools do you use to decorate them? I've looked at leather embossing tools, but the patterns don't appeal!

Cheers and many thanks,
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Well, it hasn't happened yet. But there's always a 1st time. I use punches. I've got some from harbor freight and from some Etsy sellers. One of them is RomaZone. Roma Bucanan is a great teacher. She has some videos on her site too.
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And I just purchased a Grinder that had been in Garage Sale a while back...and, lucky for me, didn't sell yet. I also heard from the Admin at the Adult School where I was hoping to get into the Glass Fusing Night Class...they were accepting 6 new students, and received 20 applications on the first day. Good news was mine was #1 - YAY!!! I tell you, it feels like my LUCKY DAY!

(And to think my husband said I was just over-anxious and too organized mailed my application on Saturday with fingers crossed! - HA! Hope he figures out how to work the Nuke-E-Wave on Tuesday nights! )

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A glass grinder is a beautiful thing to have. I used to teach glass fusing in my studio. It was my favorite class to teach. Have a good time in your class.

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Hi Jeanette,
The link to your tutorial on "enlarging bead holes using a glass grinder" no longer works. Could you re-post it? Thanks.
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Yes, please repost it.
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I want to see it too......please.
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