Residual Bead Release?

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Here's my question.  I've noticed that I've developed somewhat of a
obsessive-compulsive thing when it comes to bead release in my beads.
I find myself spending time getting every possible speck of it out of
each and every bead.  Beadmakers, are you the same way? Is any amount
remaining acceptable or must it all be purged from existance? ;) Now
obviously, I don't mean leaving a thick coat of release in there a la
chinese lampwork. I just mean, the rare random bit in a groove inside
every so often.

Bead buyers, how do you feel about this? If you don't see pristine
holes are you offended?  Or as long as they are cleaned, you are
indifferent? Somewhere in between?  

C2


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Cleaning beads is the bane of my existence. But I use a dremel with a
diamond bead reamer so they come out really clean. And yes, I'm pretty
obsessed with getting it all out.
-Ellen



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*puts dremel tool on list of things to buy for Mike*

-Su



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Yes, yes, and no, no amount is acceptable!  I usually ream my beads  
twice.  Once after removing from the cooker, to remove all the thick  
stuff, and a second time before I string them for pictures.  

--  
Fran
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I'm somewhere in between.  I try very hard to get all the bead release out,  
but if there's a speck of it somewhere that's stubborn, that's okay.  Using  
a diamond bit reamer helps, and soaking the beads in hot water helps, too.

--  
Kandice Seeber
Air & Earth Designs
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It also helps if you're using a bead release that cooperates. I prefer
Alice's Bead Release. A close second is Foster Fire.

I have always wanted to try Purple Piffle, just because it's... well,
it's PURPLE. And it has a cool name :-)

Seriously though, the Alice's is SO easy to remove: It's nice and
clean, easy to mix, and the powder goes a long, long way. We did test
of sorts at the Museum, and they have now switched over to Alice's.

Tink
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I have to agree with Tink. I love Alice's it comes out of the hole so
easily.  I leave mine soaking in water from 1/2 hour to longer. Comes out
like a dream.  I try to clean it out as much as I can, but if there is a
little left, I don't sweat it.  Usually it is a little spot left in the
middle that is stubborn.

Lara
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I totally crazy when it comes to bead release remains. I like to get
every last bit out. To be honest though, it really doesn't take any
more effort to get it all out, especially if you're using the proper
tools and techniques.

I use a cordless Dremel tool with diamond coated bits for release
removal. For my hollows, I then blast them out with a Waterpik and dry
them inside and out with canned air.

For my long beads, I use bits from Daniel Lopacki. I LOVE THESE!!! And
they last forever!
http://www.lopacki.com/drills/

On 24 Sep 2004 09:11:42 -0700, "*~candygrrl~*"

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Tink
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that has...to...get...it...out!

Well, I used to use a Dremel, then I got an ultrasonic and it worked
fantastically well until I switched bead releases. I bent my long
diamond reamer bit the other day (haven't found another one yet) and
now I'm doing it the hard way and its pi$$ing me off. Maybe I should
try Alice's to see if it works in my ultrasonic, because that was a joy
unimagined to drop them in there and come back to perfection with no
effort on my part, HA!

C2


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What a great idea!!! Finally a use for that waterpik I bought and used a few
times and now it just sits there.

Thanks,Tink
  Patti

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On 24 Sep 2004 21:25:49 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Beadseeker) wrote:

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You're very welcome! It works like a DREAM!

Tink
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vj found this  in rec.crafts.beads, from Tinkster

]I totally crazy when it comes to bead release remains.

is bead release anything like investment?
because getting it out of the pine cones makes me crazy.
but i'm a fanatic about getting it out!


--  
@vicki [SnuggleWench]
(Books) http://www.booksnbytes.com
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Just a warning-- if you DO get any Indian lampwork, leave the release in place
if you possibly can. (Most of mine ends up as "tree jewelry", so I can). Most
of the Chinese lampwork seems to be clean, as are the Czech, Venitian and
Japanese production work.
Just soaking those Indian beads tends to cause them to crack-- maybe the
expansion of the clay as it absorbs water?  
Kaytee
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www.eclecticbeadery.com
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Just soaking those Indian beads tends to cause them to crack-- maybe the
expansion of the clay as it absorbs water?  
Kaytee
"Simplexities" on>

More like the bead release is the only thing "holding them together..."
LOL  

Cheryl  
DRAGON BEADS  
Flameworked beads and glass  
http://www.dragonbeads.com/


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Take out all the bead release?  It depends on what your selling -- a finely
finished piece of art/craftsmanship, or a "craft item".

Tina


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Well, I don't think I've ever made a "craft item" so I guess I know
what I'm doing now ;)

You do have a valid point and that's probably part of why I feel the
need to have smooth spotless holes :)  I want my work to be the best it
can be in every way and in my mind, that includes eliminating bead
release! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

C2


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That's what I figured.  So I wonder what it says about me that I really hate
the finishing details on my work and have to really force myself to be picky
about them?

Tina


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oh, I think maybe it means you love the process and want to get on with
pushing the boundries and creating new art! :)

C2


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I am a bit nutty about getting the bead release out; sometimes I'll take  
apart a set to clean one bead, if I realize I missed a spot.

-Kalera
http://www.beadwife.com
http://www.snipurl.com/kebay

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I want it all out too!  I'm cleaning mine out now that aren't even for sale!

I've been doing it by hand though - sounds like the dremel would be much
faster.

Kathy K
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