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I used to have a ready supply of little glass beads that made superb headlights. Now my local craft shop has stopped stocking them, and are being singularly unhelpful. Does anyone have a source for these things?
In case you havn't come across them, they are domed glass with chrome backing, coming in various diameters from 3-4mm upward. Slot Classic supply them in their resin kits. They only cost pennies, and look great.
Can anyone help?
 

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I haven't seen the beads you mention but have you looked in the Hobby Annual that covers most crafts materials - I get my copy from W H Smith.

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Well acquainted with the Hobbies catalogue, David, thanks! Annual purchase since boyhood.
But if you don't use those little mirror beads, what do you chaps use? I've tried perspex rod cut into discs with chrome metal foil, all sorts of stuff.
What's best?
 

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well - I haven't tried it but I did think of this when clearing up after casting a slosh mold the other day:

small drips of clear resin on a sheet of plasticard - if you wait until the resin is beginning to cure they it will form nice little 'domes' which can easily be flexed off....

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Hmm....
Thanks Revvvvs- might try that one. But this is surely a common problem- how do others tackle it usually? David? BJ?
I do miss my little beads.
 

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QUOTE I do miss my little beads.

You might try a dressmakers shop. As I recall, I think the sort of thing that you are looking for is ofter used to glue onto fabric as a decoration. In the U.S., these bits are called "findings" and can be found in a Yellow Pages directory. Alternatively, small slices of clear plastic rod can be polished by sticking them to a backing with double faced tape and passing the flame of a small torch over them (quickly!) - You need just enough heat to melt but not bubble the surface.

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Try some of the specialist Indian or Eastern drapers, they use lots and lots of potential items that could be used for decoration.

Regards

Alan

PS the other alternative is Hatton Gardens were you might pick up one or two gems that could put a twinkle in your eye!.
 

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You will need to use a pair of frog's eyes for the Xylon, Howmet!



Probably a more messy solution than using beads, though!


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A biro cap cut in half did the trick, Russell. It's the lenses that are giving me grief.

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QUOTE (howmet tx @ 11 May 2004, 09:43)how do others tackle it usually? David? BJ?
I do miss my little beads.

I usually cannibalise a shell or model for the lights which is a bit expensive but if it's a special car I'll do that. I also use a hole puncher on clear sheet to produce clear circles for lenses.

I know somebody who works in arts and crafts, I'll ask them if they have any ideas on a supply.

David
 
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