I made a couple of 22 mm sterling rondelle beads with 4 mm holes this
week. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the risk in placing these into
my tumbler with mixed stainless steel shot. Now the beads are jammed
with shot that neither I nor my husband have been able to extricate.
Needless to say, this is very frustrating, given all the work I put
into fabricating and decorating the beads. I’m afraid I’ll be forced
to cut the beads open to remove the shot. I know I could resolve this
by purchasing small round shot, but I really don’t want to buy more
shot - I’d rather invest in precious metals. I’m considering stuffing
the beads with cotton wadding to prevent this from occurring again.
Will this be sufficient? Is there anything I can do?
Linda in central FL