I have been looking for techniques and equiptment used to make stone
beads. I have read the Lapidary Journal how-tos by Daniel Lopacki
(and visited his website) and have checked out Covington’s bead mill
and mini-sphere makers. I also found some info on Kreigh’s homemade
lapidary equipment page on sphere making that can be used with any
flat lap setup. I’m not ready to invest the $300-600 for a beadmill
or small sphere maker so, I’ve decided to try the other methods
first. I am a self-taught lapidary (been at it for about a year)
and have a DP Genie and a Raytilt flat lap. With all this being
said, before I dive in with both feet, I thought I’d throw this out
to the learned masses here. What techniques have you all tried?
What worked, what didn’t? Any suggestions, tips, or warnings? I
appreciate any help. Thanks!