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Knifemaking - Making Damascus and Mokume Lanyard Beads
This is how I make the damascus and mokume beads you see on the lanyards of my knives or in the Pendants Gallery.

Order Details:
Damascus and mokume beads for lanyards.

Bead making process
Cutting a 1/2" x 5/8" damascus square section bar I've made for this. (Picture 1)

Some future beads cutted. (Picture 2)

Drilling a piece with a 5.5mm bit. (Picture 3)

Drilled piece. (Picture 4)

Threading it (1/4") (Pictures 5 and 6)

Screwed into a 1/4" threaded bar. (Picture 7)

Shaping the bead with a 60 grit belt. (Picture 8)
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Roughly shaped. (Picture 9)

Now I screw the bead into a screw to which I previously removed the head. (Picture 10)

I then place this into the bench drill. (Picture 11)

Finishing the shape with grit 80, then 150, then 220 and then 400. (Picture 12)

Polishing it to a mirror finish. (Picture 13)

Mirror polished bead. (Picture 14)

Supported with a bended wire, I then put the bead in a solution of 70% Ferric Chloride and 30% distilled water, for a minute, to check the damascus patterns. (Picture 15)

Checking if the pattern is drawing properly. (Picture 16)

Once I check that, I leave it there for 45 minutes to get properly etched.
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