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Old 01-30-10, 04:56 PM
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beads stuck on mandrel

I am experimenting with my new little torch setup. Love it all but having a serious problem releasing the beads from the mandrel...I use the blue stuff and let it dry overnight. I ave about 7 nice beads I'd like to get off--any advice? I am using Mapp gas with a nice little beginners torch. Thanks
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I soak em in water and use a pair of pliers to hold the mandrel while i twist the beads. Also Jim Moore makes a tool for removing beads from the mandrel http://www.toolsforglass.com/catalog...ser_video.html. A rivet gun (http://cgi.ebay.com/DUAL-POSITION-HA...item563931b53d) will work as well you just need to be careful not to use too much force or it will bust the bead.
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OK, here goes,I am putting them in water. Wish me luck Thanks!
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if all else fails, try sticking them in the freezer for an hour or so...
also, have pliers for the mandrel, use them only in the middle of the mandrel... and a good towel or sponge to hold the bead...
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Yes, you have to soak your beads in room temperature or slightly warm water after annealing. This will soften the bead release. If the bead still doesn't want to come off, use a paper towel to hold the bead while twisting it (gives a little better grip). Do not put your nice new beads in the freezer unless you're using boro, then it may be okay...I'm not a boro user so I wouldn't know. But I do know that soft glass beads should not be subjected to extreme temperatures after annealing...unless you want to fracture them.
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We used to have this problem with Super Blue Sludge also. We eventually learned that it is all in the consistency of the bead release. The problem was we weren't making it thin enough and when put on too thick, it can make it very difficult to get the bead off of the mandrel.

What has worked for us is slightly thinning the bead release from what it originally comes. After dipping your mandrel, you should be able to hold it upright and tap the end on your work bench twice, which should smooth out the build up at the end. If it doesn't smooth out after two taps, then it is too thick.

We can't tell you how much easier it is to get the beads off after soaking them in water to help soften the release. I you find this helpful.

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I had same problem but then put the beads attached to mandrel in my wifes ultrasonic jewellry cleaner ( no I did'nt ask first :>) ) within a minute they were all at the bottom ogf ultrasonic cleaner. Then again there wss another time I just got mad and took them off with a hammer...

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I recently heard about spraying a little WD40 on the bead release and waiting a little while to let it soak in. I use vise grips to hold the mandrel and a rubber jar opener to hold the bead. Wiggle the bead (it may take some wiggling) to get it to loosen. I haven't ever had to use the WD40 trick, but a friend swears by it. Good luck.

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what I use to get the beads off is, first I soak them in water for about 15 minutes. Then I take the mandrels and place them into the bench grip (yeah, sorry my english is not good enough to know the english name for it...) that way you can have it stable while you take a grip of a bead with either rubber gloves or one of those rubbery jar openers. Twist carefully not to bend your mandrels. Tadaaa! Never had a bead get stuck permanently.
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