Nothing makes a beadmaker’s heart go pitter-pat quite like a new tool. These were a birthday present from my sister – lucky me! They’re called ‘beadrollers’, and I ordered them from a small company called cgbeads. They are made of nice smooth graphite, and they have cavities of different sizes that you roll your bead in to shape it.
I was sort of on the fence about beadrollers. There’s a certain pride involved in shaping your beads by hand. But the fact is, when you’re trying to make beads that match perfectly in size, it’s an exercise in frustration. Usually I have to make 3 times the number of beads I’m aiming for to get two that match.
They sell these in all kinds of shapes – it was tough to decide on which ones to get. I settled on one for the ‘Pandora/Trollbeads’ type beads, and one for round round beads. Believe it or not, it’s actually not that easy to create a ‘marble round’ bead – naturally, they want to be kind of a donut shape.
I’m excited to get to the torch today to play with my new toys.
And you know what?
It’s Day 30.