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Topic: Is there a technique for stringing chipped gemstone?  (Read 1032 times)
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« on: June 16, 2007 07:55:56 AM »

Hello  Smiley I bought a string of chipped aquamarine from my local beadshop and I didn't realize what I was getting into. At this point I've been stringing them one at a time. I read somewhere that you can string groups of stone by themselves... does anyone know how to do this or have a more efficient workflow? I'd like to have it done by my trip to the beach next week  Wink Thanks in advance!

« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2007 07:39:19 PM »

I've heard that you can use a beadspinner to string stone chips; I have one, but have never tried it. I have a feeling that it wouldn't really be that much faster.

If I have some time in the next couple of days, I'll experiment with it. But I do think you will be happiest with the results from hand-stringing them, because you can cull out the uneven ones, where the beadspinner will string up anything with a hole in it, imperfect and uneven or not.  Tongue

Maybe you can combine the slow task with another activity, like listening to a book on tape, or chatting on the phone. Before you know it, they will be strung! Cheesy Also, with practice handling the beads, the work will go faster, I promise. I've strung a lot of chips!

Good luck! I know that aquamarine chips are usually quite tiny! Smiley

« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007 05:35:02 AM »

Thanks for all your help. Not only are they tiny, they're also clear when they are that thin.

  Smiley It's encouraging to know it'll get easier with practice! I'll use that time to catch up on my verbal advantage cd  Cool

« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007 09:39:53 AM »

Well, just in case someone is searching for more answers, reading glasses solved most of my issues Smiley Thanks again!

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