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Secret bead-making tool revealed

I was one of the lucky fortunate to take Robyn Cornelius’s class on making metal beads at this year’s Bead&Button Show. Robin is the artist that designed the 2016 commemorative Bead&Button Show Bead. After making hundreds of these delectable Show beads, she discovered all the ins and outs for the most efficient way to create metal beads.
The Jim Moore Bead Press

During class, when we came to the step of riveting our metal pieces together to form the bead shape, Robyn unveiled her secret riveting tool – The Jim Moore Bead Press.

Robyn said that after riveting by hand her first 100 Show beads, she acquired the Jim Moore Bead Press, which was wonderful for efficiently and professionally riveting the metal bead parts together. Basically, it made the riveting process a lot faster and a lot easier! The Bead Press was originally created for adding those wonderful silver cores to lampwork beads that you see so often. Robyn discovered that the press is an excellent tool for general all-purpose riveting. All the students in Robyn’s class had the opportunity to use this cool tool during the construction of our beads.

This tool is now totally on my want list. To purchase and learn more about the Bead Press, visit Even better, there is a short video demonstrating how to use the press on their website. Go check it out, and let me know what you think!

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