Remember (as I did not!) that when using stainless steel shot to
polish your beads with holes larger than about 1mm, that you must
thread a wire through the holes to stop the little needle-like shot
pieces from getting inside the beads! Now I have a beautifully etched
and shiny polished bead which is full of stainless steel.
It makes rather a pleasing rattling sound - should I market it as a
rattler beade? Though it’s kind of heavy…
I really don’t want to heat it again to re-melt the solder and then
start again, but unless anyone has any bright ideas on how to empty
the bead, I guess I might have to…
I’ve tried shaking it and nothing comes out. I perhaps could make
the holes bigger - hopefully then the shot will come out - and use a
leather thong to thread it rather than the chain I had planned to
use. Any other thoughts will be welcome!