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I'm making beads right now. I hand wrap mine over an American size 6 crochet needle. I secure the wrap with multiple coats of Elmer's white glue. I use my fingers... enjoying the shape of each individual bead. Once dry they get coated with clear nail polish from the dollar store. The final touch is inserting a 3mm metal end cap, using e6000 glue. If needed they can be re-coated. But they are all hand made and unique. I also have Modge Podge gloss if an even shinier undercoat is desired.
I have an update to my answer! I now dip all of my beads into 4 coats of PC-Petrifier, a wood hardener and 1 coat of Janice Mae's Vibrance. I string them on a 12" piece of 50lb test fishing line and using a mini binder clip at each end, I hang them on a drying rack I made using PVC pipe and skewers. I invert them after each coat of glaze for even coverage. Between coats, I remove all of the strands of beads from the drying rack and break apart the beads to loosen them on the fishing line before dipping them again. I find that if I have a combination of tube beads and tapered beads, I alternate them on the strand so the tube beads get completely covered on the ends. I have started doing it this way about a month ago and so far I have glazed well over 1500 beads. It is much faster than glazing them one at a time. I do let the first coat soak in the PC-Petrifier for about 30 seconds to allow the paper to soak up the glaze. I also allow the first coat to dry at least 6 hours before dipping them a second time. The rest of the dips just need to be dipped for a couple of seconds and be allowed to dry about an hour and a half. I allow the coat of Vibrance to dry a couple of hours before removing the beads.
I too am using the PC petrifier and its a great product. You said that you have a binder clip at each end of the line. Do you find that the bottom one or two beads get clogged up at all? I had followed Beyond Bracelets instructions to put two waste beads at the bottom but they get clogged up fairly quickly and I have to then change them up often. Maybe I will try the binder clip, I would imagine they are dripping with glaze as well.
Ive been looking for a cheap source of final coat varnish as what Ive tried so far has been expensive for the amount of beads I have been finishing. I've found this floor finishing product that is basically a polyurethane I may give that a go as its 18.99 for a. gallon jug. The Varathane product I have been using is expensive, 21.99 for a pint.
Since writing last time, I have made a few changes with the way I glaze my beads. I still use the PC-Petrifier but now I put the binder clip at one end and I still use waste beads but what I use for waste beads have changed. I use E-Beads and mini pony beads. I also use a crimp bead at each end to keep the beads on the strand. I put the binder clip only on one end, to hang the strand. What I do is put a crimp bead on one end, add the little E Bead, then 2 mini pony beads, then my paper beads, then 2 more mini pony beads, 1 more E Bead and one more crimp bead. I dip them 4 times in the PC petrifier, let them soak about 10-20 seconds, then about an hour and a half later, dip them a second time and invert the strand. Then I repeat this 2 more times. I then add a final coat of either Vibrance or Liquid laminate. The mini pony beads are big enough to take on the extra glaze and I do not have to make the waste beads. The E bead is just so the mini pony beads don't come off of the strand. I do buy the PC-Petrifier by the gallon and I have a gallon of Liquid Laminate I bought a few years ago and now am using it for my paper bead curtains.
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Posted:Jan 5, 2013
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