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Old 10-22-08, 09:27 PM
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The little bits...

I have lots of little end bits. I'd love to hear what you all do with yours........
I've just heard about a tool called a merickal.......anyone here use this?
I'm wondering about a good price and how much you love it?
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I take my end bits and either flame them together to make larger rods if same color or I throw them in the frit maker and turn them into sprinkles for the next bead.....

in making longer rods, its the same prinicple as pulling stringers but instead of pulling them thinner, try to pull it to the same diameter as existing rod. I have used alot of ends up using this technique. This is something I learned from Kristen Orr and have always done it out of habit.....
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I fused my small bits together just like NevadaGlass describes and I'm looking to get a frit maker so I can do a little smashing too.
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I smash mine into frit. My husband (now Ex) made me a frit maker out of two different sized pipes (metal) or if I want it fine I throw it into an old coffee grinder (not to be used for coffee after used for glass). I pick these up at 2nd hand stores pretty cheap an they last a while.
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