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lemon kitten
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« on: October 23, 2013, 08:15:47 PM »

How on earth do I split my beads in half for slumping?  I've tried using a metal punch to split down the hole but the entire bead just breaks.......any suggestions please?

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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 08:32:21 PM »

mine do it on thier own when i let them get too cold before putting them in bubbles.
do you cool in bubbles or kiln? Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 08:35:47 PM »

No I anneal in the kiln.....but I do sometimes want to use beads that haven't quite turned out the way I want.  I never purposely make beads to slump

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 08:56:18 PM »

I filed the point of a round nail so that it had two opposite sharp edges, and when the point is inserted into the bead hole only the edges touch the glass. Then, with confidence (!), I hit the nail with a hammer. After some practice you'll end up with two halves - they might not be exactly equal in size, but pretty close. This works best with beads that are equally thick around the circumference. For lentils and similar I suggest melting them down as they are, or optionally grind one side flat before fusing.

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