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Old 11-02-07, 01:55 PM
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Bead Release Removal

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I am looking for suggestions to make removing bead release simple. I have soaked the finished beads in water and used a drill press with diamond bits, but this takes too long. Has anyone heard of pickle juice? I saw it on once on one of the home channels and have even found a recipe for it a few years ago, then lost it before getting a chance to try it. I know vinegar and salt are the two ingredients, what I do not know is in what ratios. I would even be happy to buy it if it is effective. Thanks for any input, it is much appreciated!
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One thing I have found is that if you soak your beads in a vinegar mix it makes them *much* easier to clean. I have a glass jar, filled half full of white vinegar, a little dish soap, then then some water. Soak your beads over night and it really loosens up the release. This is also a good mix to put your beads that are stuck on the mandrel into.
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Hi Jo and Flame angel,

I soak my sticks in water for about 15 minutes. After I remove the beads from their sticks I use a high-speed cordless, dermal tool with a diamond bit to clean the holes. If the beads have clear glass then I go over the holes one more time with a hand bead reamer to polish things up. During this process I keep the beads wet to prevent dust from flying around, it is nasty stuff and a person really does not want to breathe it. I found this method cleans the bead release out completely and looks really cool with clear glass.

Good luck on this and happy beading,
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Hello,

Thank you for the suggestions, they are much appreciated and I will try them. I find when using the smallest mandrels, I do not have such a problem. But, when using the larger ones, it takes more effort to remove the bead release, even with a drill bit. If it did not bother my tendonitis-carpal tunnel I do not feel it would be as difficult. Thanks again!!!
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Flame angel,

You might want to change bead releases and see it that helps. Some bead release is a real bear when it comes to getting your beads off of the stick. The stuff we use is “Fusion Bead Separator”. I love it ~ it holds up to my abuse when I am making big beads on big sticks. It is easy to get the bead off the stick after a short soak in water and it cleans out of the holes nicely.

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I toss my beads into one of those sonic jewelry cleaners after I ream them out. Works great, and even better.. no work for me.

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Thank you for the great idea; I will invest in one. By the way- do you have a favorite bead release that works well with this method? Have a wonderful holiday!!!
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Talking

hm, well when I took a sabatical from glass about 7 years ago, sludge was the best stuff going. Now there is more than one style of sludge. but when I started out many moons ago we made our own release from diatomascious earth and kaolin clay.

Some old glass pals were here a week or so ago, and left me a bottle of a brand new bead release thats supposed to be low residue. So far I am loving it. I will check the bottle when i am in the shop tomorow and post it for you.
I do have to double dip my mandrels to get a thick enough coating that I am not struggling to get the bead off its so tight. But I also havent had any stick to the mandrel so far. I have soaked the beads for a few minutes and removed them easier than with sludge, and there is dang little residue. I have just put a tooth pick through them a couple times in water and they are CLEAN as a whistle.

I had one bead make bubbles because I didnt drive enough moisture out of the release before sarting. when it popped at the surface I put the mandrel aside rather than risk a bead I put a lot of time into sticking to the mandrel. Well, I removed the oops and cleaned it, and there is ahole where I can see to the center of the bead, and there is no residue. YAYYYYYYY!!!

you can also dip and flame dry just like with sludge too.

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I have the info for the new type of bead release

K.R.A.G MUDD
1-888-865-2228
www.kittrellriffkind.com

I have no idea of its cost etc. I was given a small bottle by a friend who taught a workshop in connection with these folks in texas. But I like the product a lot so far.

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Hello,

I haven't reviewed the boards lately, as I have been busy working on our glass website; soon to be published. We are very excited here at Holts Artistic Glass.

I would like to thank you for the information. I will check it out and report back with details regarding price and any feedback after I try it. Perhaps it will be something we can offer on our website's Supplies page.
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