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Posted in response to Help making beads from HEMATITE stones from Joan Mattel on January 05, 2013 at 01:02:31:

Re: Help making beads from HEMATITE stones

Hi Joan,

Virtually all of the "hematite" beads you'll find on the mass market are actually cast from "hematine", a synthetic. The "magnetic hematite" beads are essentially ferrite magnets.

Making gemstone beads by hand can be done of course, but the processes involved are non-trivial. You will need lapidary grinding, polishing and drilling equipment.

If there is a gem and mineral club near you, I would highly suggest joining and learning about these processes from experienced people. If you are really lucky they will have club owned equipment you can use to get started.

http://rockhounds.com/rockshop/clublist.shtml

If you are serious about hand making beads you should also start reading about lapidary. "Gem Cutting A Lapidary's Manual" by John Sinkankas is one of the best introductions to lapidary ever written. It is unfortunately now out of print, but you should be able to obtain a copy through a local library. If they don't have a copy on the shelf, ask a librarian about obtaining it through an inter-library loan.

http://www.cuttingrocks.com/gallery_booksh1.shtml

From Bob Keller - January 08, 2013 at 01:03:02

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