Elaine, <BG> Lazy Stan, eh what, love it. Do you think centrifugal
force would line up those cylinders and march them right up the
needle? I wish. One day I will again come across them and give
them another look see. I still love those necklaces. Thanks, Teresa
Hi Theresa. Yes. Centrifugal force does it and The Bead Spinner
Lady sells a couple of outfits to do just that. Kind of costly but
simple: The base has a smooth-pointed vertical shaft which telescopes
easily up into a hollow spindle that is in the center axis of the top
(bowl) section. The top of the hollow spindle is compressed a bit so
as to capture a steel ball (bearing) that is just rolled into the
tube before placing it on the shaft of the base. The bowl is a
turned wood scooped-out bowl (think torus-shaped interior). You place
your beads in the bowl -don't overfill - and spin the bowl by
hand, insert a special slender, curved needle into the whirlpool of
beads and "ta dah!" you're in business.
No connection, no benefit. She was in a booth adjacent to mine at
the show and I saw demos.
I think you could use a bowl with a similar shape, tack it to the
center of a lazy susan with double-faced tape and use a "long eye"
needle by just shaping a bit of a curve to its leading edge. Of
course you'd want to curve the needle toward the side of the eye
opening, rather than its top or bottom. You could shape the needle
against a smooth bench block or other hard surface with a polished
burnisher. The "long eye" needle should be available where beading
supplies are sold; it is very flexible, slender and is open most of
Hope this helps you get your necklace made.
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