reaming out glass beads is rarely successful. It is also very
dangerous. The easiest solution is to re-do your design parameters
or get beads with a hole size you can use.
Thank you, Richard, for your thoughts on my dilemma. However, I
assure you that I have already drilled (rather than merely reamed)
glass beads with much success. I’ll admit it didn’t start out that
way, as I chipped or split a number of beads, including a lovely
antique trade bead, before perfecting the technique. I make a lot of
braided horsehair jewelry, embellished with sterling, glass and
semi-precious beads. These organic pieces are traditionally used by
horse owners to memorialize a departed equine, but can also be used
to honor a still living companion. Finding nice beads with
sufficient inside diameters to accommodate the braid without having
to drill them out myself would severely limit the beads I’m able to
offer my clients.
Linda in central FL