Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Really stuck beads

Oooops. I know better - those long, curved mandrels need to be dipped in Foster Fire bead release - if you ever want to get the bead off in one piece.

So, why did I dip them in something else? Who knows - blonde moment, apparently.

But that goof led to this discovery. Put the bead, mandrel and all, into an ultrasonic cleaner - let it run for 30-50 minutes. The bead slides off!

I had some chipping on some beads - but I think it was 'coz I didn't have the basket in - just tossed them in loose.

Hmmm - if it will get stuck beads off - I wonder what it will do with normal beads?

It bears further experimentation!

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