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    Remember me saying that my beloved had a new toy - a milling machine? And I swapped pyro for pieces of acrylic with Jan? Well, this is what he made for me - a specially designed and made bead-tray!

    This is a one-off - a piece of acrylic, milled with closely-spaced 3mm round-bottomed grooves, to take 11/0 seed beads. The little bead trays let me keep a few spares close at hand. Over a foot long, and about 5" tall, it won't all fit on the scanner - the short grooves continue to the end on the empty side too.



    This way, I can plan a necklace, lay it all out, and then weave it and have it turn out exactly right! The spacing means that it's about half again as long laid out this way, but I can take that into account when planning. You can see above how it compares with the actual necklace I'm making.




    I keep the laid-out design safe in between times by laying another piece of acrylic over the top, and holding it secure with bulldog clips.

    Design by me, acrylic courtesy of Jan, grooves and trays courtesy of the redoubtable and endlessly-patient Bill, and his new milling machine!
    Cheers,
    Scorch

    Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
    Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

  • #2
    What a fantastic idea! I love the necklace too, but that bead tray is a really nifty bit of kit!
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    • #3
      That is great, I can't do that kind of beading but my boss does it so I will be showing her.

      The necklace colours are beautiful - I am an autumn colour person but that reminds me of Creme Caramel!

      Laura xx
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      • #4
        What a fabby idea!! I have no experiance with beading but this looks like it does the job brilliant!!

        You should be on the next seris of dragons den with this bit of kit make yourself a small fortune.....get a patent on it ....quick!!LOL

        lovely

        kazxx

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Scorch View Post
          a specially designed and made bead-tray!

          This is a one-off -


          Design by me, acrylic courtesy of Jan, grooves and trays courtesy of the redoubtable and endlessly-patient Bill, and his new milling machine!
          Don't say that, they will all want one you know! personally, Im envious of the "shed person" wish we had one!

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          • #6
            i agree get it on dragons den, looks a great device!
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            • #7
              What a brilliant design well done you....protect it you don't want to see someone else profit from it do you...seriously.
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              • #8
                Ooh it's fab, I had no idea really what you meant by your bead tray so it's lovely to see the finished result. Fab work by Bill and love the necklace you've done too Great idea Kev's plastic has never looked so pretty
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                • #9
                  Aww, thanks for all those kind words! We don't really have the facilities to make more, I'm afraid, except at a prohibitively high price - it took Bill hours and hours and HOURS of patient work to mill all those grooves. There's dozens of them, each one taking 5 passes by hand to mill out smoothly with a ball-end milling cutter, not to mention the little trays!

                  To be honest, I don't think I'd get a patent on a piece of plastic with some little grooves in it! Especially as I've posted up pictures for all the world to see, and copy if they should have the inclination to. And I'd have to put my life, and my life savings, into doing it myself, Dragon's Den or no.
                  So, sadly, you're likely right - if someone with the facilities to do it sees this, manufactures them, sells them, and makes a fortune, I shan't profit by it. But, such is life... although if anyone has an injection-moulding machine and the means to make their own moulds, or a CNC machine that'll knock them out by the dozen, I'll happily collaborate with them on a design!
                  Cheers,
                  Scorch

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post
                    Ooh it's fab, I had no idea really what you meant by your bead tray so it's lovely to see the finished result. Fab work by Bill and love the necklace you've done too Great idea Kev's plastic has never looked so pretty
                    Yes - THAT was what I was trying to explain! Hard to do, when I can see it in my head, but nowhere else... A sliding lid would be ideal, for a "real" product, so you could slide it down to reveal a row or two at a time, in case ou knock it and spill them. But that was too hard to do for me, so the clips work OK.

                    But yes, without your plastic, it would never have worked - and it does work well, though Bill says acrylic is hard to mill. The clarity of it makes it ideal! You can even put it over a "stretched" design, and work to that...
                    Cheers,
                    Scorch

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                    Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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                    • #11
                      It is good stuff, we use it for all sorts of things around the house - Kev is very handy and whereas everything used to be made out of wood, then MDF now it's plastic!
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                      • #12
                        that is a great piece of kit- what I wouldn't give for a tray like that!

                        JD
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jendoylebridal View Post
                          that is a great piece of kit- what I wouldn't give for a tray like that!

                          JD
                          Well, I can ask Bill what it'd take to convince him to make aother one, but I'm sure it'd be more than you'd be happy to pay... it's literally days of work!
                          Cheers,
                          Scorch

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Scorch View Post
                            Well, I can ask Bill what it'd take to convince him to make aother one, but I'm sure it'd be more than you'd be happy to pay... it's literally days of work!
                            In all seriousness, as you mentioned this is a product that needs injection moulding or laser cutting to make production viable for a saleable product.. but just because you don't have the expertise to do that, doesnt mean you cant register your product and design and protect it with a patent.. there are companies out there looking for a new product to license and produce..

                            You could make discreet enquiries with the bead craft suppliers and general crafting manufacturers..

                            The guy who invented the workmate didnt make his own, he sold the idea to Black and Decker..

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                            • #15
                              Hmmm... maybe... though I wouldn't know where to start, to be honest!
                              Cheers,
                              Scorch

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