Making Metal Beads: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration
Description: With this comprehensive skill-building guide at hand, jewelers of all levels can craft 30 stunning one-of-a-kind beads in shimmering silver, copper, brass, and other metals. An introduction to metalworking provides the basics, followed by creative design ideas and techniques specific to metal beadwork. Transform commercial beads using simple stamping, chasing, and dimpling. Use cold connections to produce riveted and woven beads from sheet and wire. Roll a simple Crescent Roll Bead, and create variations in the form by using patterned, textured, or hammered sheet metal. Crafters will build a repertoire of skills as they progress, and learn numerous ways to embellish the bead's surface and add decorative elements. An extensive gallery of handmade beads provides a wealth of inspiration."A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club."
Purchase a basket type permanent coffee filter and place in your sink. Then, when draining your ultrasonic cleaner place the drain tube in the coffee filter. Any stones or other small articles will be caught in the filter and not go down the drain.
Items with loose stones can also be put in the filter and placed in the ultrasonic cleaner. Then, if any stones fall out they will be caught in the filter rather than dropping to the bottom of the cleaner.