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The new Beadable-Rodholder ($35)


available on my "Just in time for Christmas" page




Sometimes you have tools that you like, because they "kind of" do the job, but there are a few things that you wish were different. That was definitely the way I felt about the "Corina-version" rodholder. I left the original description on this page, in case you have lots of time and nothing better to do, - but here are the two points I was unhappy about: 

a) the length of the front piece - you could only use the glass up to about 1/2 inch

b) the WEIGHT of the "head", it made the tool feel kind of unbalanced. 


The new version takes care of both of these problems: The front piece is now a lot narrower and shorter, so you can use the majority of the glass piece. This was possible by increasing the tension of the coil in the "head" - it doesn't need the extra lenght of the metal to hold the glass tightly in place - no matter what you use the glass for. 

Here is a picture that compares the different rodholders, the one on the left is the "Arrowsprings-version", the center one is the first "Corina-version" and the one on the right is the new version:








This rodholder  also allows you to work with stringer:


My favotire part is definitely the Beadable rod in the back (1 inch long), it personalizes your tool, makes it easier to find on a messy workbench (assuming I'm not the only one who works in a disaster-zone...) - AND it adds weight to the back of the roldholder and balances out the feel of the tool:




No new information in the text below, I just left it up in case someone wants to know "the whole story"

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The description of the first rodholer I offered "Corina-version Rodholder"

"Wait a minute" - you might say...doesn't that look exactly like...a) the Carlo Dona Rodholder, or b) Arrow Springs "Italian Style Rod Holder". The Arrow Springs version is actually a more or less identical copy of Carlo Dona's tool - so - if there already IS a copy of an excellent tool, "why bother"? Let's take a look at that:
Here is a picture of all three tools (I own every single rodholder in existence...) (Carlo Dona's on top, mine on the bottom):
Once you look away from the "head", you can see quickly in which way MY version is different: the handle is shorter and skinnier than the "Italian Brothers" - something that always bothered me when I purchased Carlo Dona's tool in Murano.
The reason a lot of the Italian tools are designed the way they are is that they are mostly used by "flame workers" rather than beadmakers. Every single Italian flame worker I have ever watched (except for Vittorio Costantini) uses really THICK glass rods - somewhere between 10-15mm. For those guys, a heavier and thicker rodholder is exactly what they need.
"We" beadmakers are used to much thinner rods (5-7mm) - and holding the thick handle of the Italian Rodholder just feels awkward and uncomfortable.
So, when the company that makes the Tungsten Tweezers sent me a sample of their Rod Holder (they probably supply Arrow Springs...) - I worked with them to come up with a rodholder that is more geared towards us beadmakers (it "only" took us 5 prototypes to get it right, they were very patient with me...). It is not only thinner, lighter and shorter , but it also has a very important modification in the holding mechanism (="head"):
The "lever" that you push down on to open the "troth" in the Corina-version is quite a bit shorter. When using the Italian Rodholder it always bothered me that this piece of metal was so long - because it meant I had to hold the tool further back, further away from "the action". In reality, it doesn't make any difference how long that lever is, it makes it slightly harder to push down, but the difference its minimal....
Here is a comparison of the "dimensions:
Italian Style Rod Holder: 12 inches long, 12 mm diameter handle, 2.6 ounce
Corina-version Rodholder: 10 inches long, 6.5mm diameter handle, 1.6 ounce
So - is the "Corina-version Rodholder" the perfect tool? Of course not. Here are a few points IN COMPARISON with other existing rodholders (not just the Italian style, but others as well).
First, the GOOD POINTS:
- it is extremely well made and will last forever
- it is beautiful and "sexy"
- it's "hold" is very strong and will allow any kind of pressure on the glass
- even if the head gets extremely hot the glass will not stick to it
- it is very flexible in the diameter of glass it holds: from 12mm down to fine stringer!
- you can hold and rotate it just like a rod of glass, which makes it comfortable to use
- it's inexpensive given the quality of material and workmanship
Second, the NOT SO GOOD POINS:
- it is slightly top-heavy
- it does not use the glass rod ALL the way to the end, but leaves about 1/2 inch of glass
- it is more expensive than some of the other rodholders on the market - but you know "you get what you pay for"
The price for the "improved Beadable Rodholder" is
$ 35.00