Quality control can be quite subjective, you have the obvious issues... like the bead is actually in two pieces!
This one was made at the end of a session - I was renting a bench so I had a set time limit for making and there wasn't enough time to flame anneal this properly at the end of the session... this was the result.
There are other things wrong with this bead aside from it being broken, but I did like the colours I'd used.
Below are some obvious rejects that aren't broken in two but suffer with quality control issues.
|A range of quality control issues!|
Left to right - bad shape, dot pattern not quite right, horrible smeared pattern (looks like a dirty protest), bad shape/not quite sure what happened or what I was going for with the last one!
The next set contains some classics; horrible jagged edges (not a nice pucker), uneven width and in the foreground a slanted end (not deliberate).
|Jagged edges and uneven beads|
These were all quite early examples, so the next one is a very recent one for balance and a problem I have with my encasing sometimes.
Sometimes it can be a clear bald spot, where the clear encasing has pushed the patterned glass inwards... in the pic below, the bead off the bracelet has a bald spot!
|Bald spot on the bead off the bracelet|
(the ones on the bracelet are fine,
I just didn't have a pic of the other bead on it's own)
But sometimes a flaw can work in your favour, they're not all bad. Here is a bead that is uneven, there is more glass on one side than the other, it's not quite round and the ends are not particularly puckered; it's a definite reject bead - but it works beautifully on a bangle - the less glass on one side means it sits just perfect on your wrist!
|Uneven glass distribution around the core can|
make for a "great" bangle bead
Who knew wonky beads had such a great use!
Any stories of quality control - the good, the bad or the ugly?