Re: Help making beads from HEMATITE stones
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.
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.
From Bob Keller - January 08, 2013 at 01:03:02