Rio Grande carries sterling beads up to 19mm. I believe you were
asking around the 10mm range. They have a sandblasted surface but if
you are completely covering them in enamel this could be a good thing.
The texture would give more surface area for the enamel to grab on to.
Also, this texture would give additional sparkle and reflection under
transparent enamels. I would be concerned about the wall thickness of
the beads. I have to believe that in these sizes the walls are pretty
thin. I don’t have the catalog in front of me at the moment and I
didn’t check whether the beads are soldered or formed. If soldered you
probably do not want them because you could bet money that they are
not soldered with IT.
Rio also carries smaller beads in a smooth finish. You can call
800-545-6566 or check out their website – www.riogrande.com
Orchid Rules!..Karla in sunny So. Cal