Yes, i CAN make little beads. I don’t make them very often but these are special little beads. See the size of the mandrels below? They’re extra thick which means these beads have big holes and will fit on the latest contemporary European charm bracelets like Troll, Pandora, Biagi, Chamilia, etc.
They’re not terribly original – just transparent glass wrapped with fine silver wire – i think every beadmaker makes some version of these – but still one of my fave designs. These beads are very pure, simple and beautiful just as is. I’ll be etching them which softens the look considerably… (after i clean out the bead poop of course) as they’re a little harsh right now .
I made several of these for the November bead show but i was so out of practice making little beads they weren’t anywhere nearly as evenly shaped as this bunch. I thought i’d forgotten how to make nicely dimpled small beads – last time i had made anything this small was in 2007 i think. Some are for my Pandora bracelet and the rest will be listed for sale. I may even try coring a few with sterling silver…
At the show, some people bought them for their charm bracelets while others bought pairs to make earrings. I’ll need to make some more – maybe in some fun summer colours? What other colours do you think would be pretty?