Each wooden leaf lady bead has 4 larger (2-3mm) holes ...2 running vertical, and 2 horizontal. I have not capped any of the holes in the pieces I have for sale as they allow for many design options. But, I know many of you will not use all 4 holes, and may want to cap or cover the open, unused holes. My solution ...3mm beads, they look great and cover the holes perfectly.
|3mm beads fit perfect in drill holes.|
Most of the holes in these leaf lady beads are 3mm in diameter at the surface ...allowing little 3mm beads to fit perfectly inside them and cap/close them off. You'd think the wooden beads were drilled purposely to add the 3mm beads -so they could become decorative elements.
If you'd like to cap the holes I'm sure any 3mm beads will work, I used copper. I suggest trying each of your beads inside each hole you're planning to plug, to make sure they fit good before gluing them in. Helpful Hint: when testing your 3mm beads for fit, make sure you have them on thread or position their holes in a way that you can pop the bead out with a needle if it falls into the hole of your leaf lady bead.
|3mm copper beads inserted into holes.|
Once you know all your beads will fit, add a little epoxy (or glue of your choice) to the inside edges of the holes with a toothpick, and pop your beads inside.
If your 3mm beads do not fit in one of the holes on your leaf lady, try a few beads from the same strand ...there's always variations in the size of each bead and/or hole. Or....
|Top-side view of copper beads in holes.|
- For the holes that were a bit small for my 3mm beads, I used an excato knife and/or a fat bead reamer to shave a bit off the very outside edges of the hole, just enough so my 3mm copper bead could fit inside.
- For the holes that were to big for my 3mm beads, I balled up a tiny piece of tissue paper, added epoxy, stuffed it inside the hole. I then added the copper bead ...the tissue plugs the hole up a little, preventing the copper bead from slipping all the way into the hole.