Chris or a low tech method of making a few beads:-
1 cut your cubes on any saw as accurately as possible.
2 If big enough grind off the eight corners hand held on the Genie
or dop with superglue onto a nail head if too small.
3 Take a 4 inch piece of preferably hardwood dowel and grind a
hemispherical hollow in one end, sand smooth. Dowl should be about
twice diameter of bead.
4 place rough bead in hollow on end of dowel and offer up to Genie
wheel - carefully! With practice the bead will spin in the hollow
and rapidly take shape.
Warning - when they grab on the wheel they come out like bullets -
wear eye protection and on anything else you value! Have fun!
Andy Parker, Agate House Lapidary
Ulverston, Cumbria, England
Tel: 01229 584023