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How To Roll a Metal Bead

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A bead roller is used to shape and strengthen metal.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintage or classic car or truck step_1 1. We use a Mittler Bead roller to create our beads.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 2 2. Mittler has every bead you will want.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 3 3. To make a flat bead to strengthen a metal edge, we start by bending over the edge. We make several passes to complete the bend.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 4 4. Here it is again.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 5 5. Then we do the same with a thinner bead to make the bend tighter.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 6 6. We use a flat roller to finish the bead and make it stronger.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 7 7. To put a bead in the middle of a metal panel for strength, start with light pressure on the foot controller.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 8 8. Then we repeat the pass, applying more pressure.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 9 9. Do not put pressure on the panel. Just let it glide.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 10 10. Here is a finished 1/4 round bead.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 11 11. Here is a step bead.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 12 12. Here is a 1/8th step from a different angle.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 13 13. Here is a spoiler roll.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 14 14. This is the spoiler roll from a different angle.
Making a bead roll on an antique, vintagte or classic car or truck step 15 15. This is an example of a flat bead.

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