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Traditionally, enamel projects are created on metal pieces like copper beads. If you use copper beads when you enamel, look for dealers who carry the right type of beads for enameling projects. These beads should be seamless, and they should have an unpolished surface to take and hold the enamel as you apply it to the copper. Many enamelers also use copper tubing as a base for their beads. The advantage of using pre-made wholesale copper beads for enameling projects is that you don't have to create bead shapes during the process. The pre-made copper beads are already formed and drilled, so all you need to do is craft the enamel.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|