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The beadspanner is a multi-purpose lampworking tool for aligning/shaping/flattening glass when making beads, buttons, cabochons and interchangeable toppers. The second photo describes some of its possible uses.

The beadspanner is made of stainless steel (which does not stick to molten glass), is 2mm thick, and weighs approx. 65g.

I hope to have a more detailed user guide online soon, and will of course email this to everybody who purchases the beadspanner.

A brief history:
During spring 2010 I started making end-of-mandrel cabochons. I didn't have a flat lap at the time, and it soon become obvious that I needed to put a lot of work into flattening the cab bottoms so that they could be set properly in jewellery. I took my small graphite paddle to the ring-saw to make a slot which would accommodate a mandrel (third photo), and it made such a difference to the speed at which I could achieve a nice, flat cab bottom!

Last year I met Maria Louisa of www.beadpress.nl, who told me one could easily make the tool in stainless steel. That made me think I could make a tool which are a lot more versatile than the original "glass aligner paddle", and I designed the beadspanner.

The beadspanner handle:
The standard handle of the beadspanner is 100mm long, and with a diameter of approx. 24mm at its widest. That allows me to send it as a large letter in the UK. If you have big hands, or for medical reasons prefer a larger handle, please convo me. The price of the beadspanner with a larger handle is the same, but sadly the price of shipping will increase.

Beadspanner - a lampworking tool. FHF - UK - SRA

$25.32 USD
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Overview

  • Material: stainless steel
  • Ships worldwide from Bideford, United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 259 reviews
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