This morning, I am working on a large wire work/beading order. Part of this includes using fire polished beads.
When I begin any project of this type, I first go through the beads that I’ll be using, looking for broken ones, misshapen ones, odd sized ones, et cetera.
This morning I found one of the fire polished beads didn’t quite make it to being a true fire polished bead. As you can see in my photograph, the one on the right is what a fire polished bead should look like, facets and all. On the left, well, that’s just a smooth round bead.I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that all of your beads for your project meet your approval before you begin. It’s awful when you’re deep into a project and discover a bead or two aren’t up to par and you don’t have enough beads to replace them right away.
The extra few minutes culling your supplies will save a lot of time, aggravation, and money. Luckily for me, this was the only “wrong” bead in my supply.
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.