With the popularity of lampwork beads and pandora-inspired beads you're bound to have come across this problem yourself, so here's a list of ideas that should help you centre those beads on your stringing material so that they sit nicely instead of wobbling around.
- Insert a bugle bead or seed beads inside the bead and thread the eye pin straight through the middle. You can use bead caps to hide the bugle bead if it's showing.
- Use the plastic tubing designed for covering memory wire. You can buy plain clear tubing or velour coated tubing. If you consider aquarium tubing too, then you have a variety of tubing widths to choose from.
- Earring stoppers for earring wires. They fit well inside some glass cane beads..........but need trimming to fit inside others. Earring stops are made from a fairly soft plastic and they can be trimmed easily with a pair of scissors to fit snugly inside the bead if need be.
- Use polymer clay to fill the hole if the bead is glass, slide in an eye pin and then bake it. If your beads are plastic and won't take the heat of an oven, consider an airdrying clay that has minimal shrinkage when it dries. Apoxie Sculpt is another alternative - it's a two part resin putty that cures without the need for baking and it doesn't shrink when it cures.
- Place a bicone bead on the eye pin, then the large holed bead and then another bicone bead (one end of each bicone should fit snuggly inside the bead, holding the bead firmly in place). In time, the bicone will chip away with wear so it's not really a long term solution.
- This is a variation of number 5. Insert a small metal bell-shaped cap into the bead hole, upside down.
- Purchase commercial bead aligners such as those from TierraCast. They fit snugly inside the ends of pandora-style beads.