Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Ouch! Hurty fingers!

I've named these beads 'Sumptuous' but 'Dangthatflippinghurt!' would have been a better name for them. I used a new bead reamer to clean these and managed to stab my hand four times with it. I was used to my old one but alas, it ran out of diamond coating so a new one was called for. I use a hand reamer and elbow grease to clean my beads. I know that a lot of beadmakers use Dremels and suchlike but the thought of that terrifies me. I once saw a photo of what a lampworker did to her hand while reaming a bead with a Dremel and it's put me off cleaning beads that way for life! I hate bead cleaning - totally the worst part of lampwork.

You might have noticed that I've reverted back to a white background for my bead photographs. I got bored of the slate - it's got fingerprints all over it that I can't seem to shift. Plus I hate wrestling with my light tent. And I think I actually prefer the white background because the beads seem to stand out more.


Janine- Cherished Trinkets said...

I prefer the white back ground I think Laura! Its seems to make the beads look a lot fresher! Love these beads soooooo much!

Laura said...

Thankos muchos, J!

Yeah - I do like a white background. Takes more time to edit the pictures but it's worth it.

Sue Doran said...

Beautiful beads, Laura - wish I'd seen them. Goodness knows how much the stabbings would hurt if the reamer were power driven as well! By hand is definitely best (until an automatic-lampworker-has-to-do- nothing system is invented!)

Jewellery Craft said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, how did I miss these little beauties! Hurty finger or not, they are LOVELY!


Jewellery Craft said...

PS, definately the white backgrond does it for me.