Residual Bead Release?

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
Reply to
*~candygrrl~*
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
Reply to
JavaGirlBT
In article , snipped-for-privacy@belisamadesigns.com says...
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.
Reply to
Deepwood Art
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.
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Kandice Seeber
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!
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Tinkster
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.
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Tinkster
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!
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Reply to
*~candygrrl~*
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
Reply to
Beadseeker
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
Reply to
Lara
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!
Reply to
vj
Take out all the bead release? It depends on what your selling -- a finely finished piece of art/craftsmanship, or a "craft item".
Tina
Reply to
Christina Peterson
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
Reply to
Kalera Stratton
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
Reply to
*~candygrrl~*
In article , Tinkster writes:
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 "Simplexities" on
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Kaytee
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
Reply to
Christina Peterson
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
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Cheryl
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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KDK

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