Lovin' these Silver Lined Beads!

These are really addictive! I'm doing them by hand with dapping tools and a chasing hammer and I'm thinking about selling my bead liner tool since I have better luck doing it by hand.

Scenes from a Small Town Independence Day Parade

It all starts with people getting ready along the parade route.

It's coming!

Honoring those who've helped preserve our nation's freedom.

And every parade needs kids and tractors!

And horses too!

And the fire truck brings up the rear.

Happy Independence Day!

I Finally Did It!!

I've been trying to add a silver core to my lampwork beads and it's been a frustrating process, resulting in cracked or broken beads, collapsed sterling silver tube, and more than a few creative combinations of swear words. I finally gave up trying to do it with my bead liner tool and figured silver coring wasn't going to happen.

Then a fellow lampworker posted a tutorial on the Lampwork Etc. forum and armed with a dapping set from Harbor Freight tools, I gave it another go. Done entirely by hand with the dapping punches and a chasing hammer, this was the first bead I've ever cored without cracking or breaking the bead. It still needs polishing and the picture isn't the best but hey, it's a totally usable, uncracked silver cored bead! Yep, I'll be doing that again!!