Now this is a BIG press!

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I’ve been thinking for the last little while that i need a bigger  press so on impulse i ordered this crunch-style press.  It finally arrived last week and wow, is it ever HUGE!!!  I have absolutely no idea what on earth i’m going to do with it, it just seemed like the right approximate size for whatever direction my creative muse is heading next…

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Now, I’m not usually a fan of bead presses (I own quite a few and find most too restrictive) but this is the third Cattwalk crunch i’ve purchased –  i find this particular style of bead press is flexible enough to work with my rather free form style of beadmaking.  The crunches allow me to press a bead into an overall curve with nicely tapered sides that i can then convert to whatever shape or size appeals to me.  It would be hard to duplicate that shape with the flame alone…

I bet it would take at least three of four rods (if not more) to completely fill this beast…  When i finally get around to making a bead, it’s going to be a whopper!