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    Although I don't make jewellery, I use beads to enhance embroidery and I also like just to gloat over them! I must have a squirrel somewhere in my ancestry!

    I decided that it was time for a Sort Out. Oh dear. What that did was point up the gaps in my stash.

    I have bought various necklaces, bracelets and so on cheaply from charity shops: the necklaces etc as pieces are pretty hideous, but there are a lot of usable beads in them.

    They're also filthy. I have unstrung the glass ones.... oooh, pretties..... and simply washed those in warm water and Fairy liquid, scrubbing the yuk off ( from where the beads rested against each other and the spacers on the string) as necessary.

    These came with metal, or metallised, spacers, which are dirty - but I think the coating, if there is one, will come off if I wash them. Any clues?


    I have also got one or two strings of pearly beads. They're not pearls, I think they're coated plastic ones. The reason I bought them is because they're small, and appear to be a pretty pinkish colour. I don't want to immerse those in case the pearly coating comes off. Any ideas on this one? Damp rag, perhaps?

    I thought I'd come to the Expert Forum for this one.
    Primmers
    www.ExquisiteCards.etsy.com

  • #2
    Try a Q tip with warm water on and then apply gentle pressure.
    You can always experiment with one and see how it goes.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      Thanks, BBD. I'd not have thought of a cotton bud -I thought of a damp dishcloth! As the owner of two-and-a-half dogs, I use damp dishcloths quite a lot on muddy paws and pawprints. They always come to mind for cleaning jobs before anything else.

      I'll give it a go on one or two beads. I dunno about the expense, though - these necklaces cost me, ooooh, 50p! Each!
      Primmers
      www.ExquisiteCards.etsy.com

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      • #4
        Washing beads

        I just dunk 'em and they take their chances!!
        Ian

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        • #5
          ....wash? You lot have obviously got much higher (and cleaner) standards than me!

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          • #6
            I once used a very mild dishwasing liquid with warm water. Of course only a very small drop of the liquid. It worked fine on some but some became sticky so there is no real safe way, it all depends on what the beads are really made of.

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            • #7
              I was thinking that you should just throw the beads away, but it would really be a waste. I think cleaning them by washing could work. I was also fond of beads before and using them in my crafts. I had these small cabinets wherein i sort out the beads by color and kind. Thus, preventing the beads to mix up and keeping them safe.
              I enjoy to shop for lotsa stuff

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              • #8
                cleaning beads

                You will need a plastic jar with a screw on lid, the beads, try to remove all the stringing material and any wire, one of those net type face cloths(you can still get them in boots i think), 2 small towels, a small amount of washing up liquid.

                1 half fill the jar with warm water, add a small squirt of washing up liquid.

                2 add the beads, and top the water to 3/4 full.

                3 gently swirl the beads around for about 5 mins or until you see bits of dirt in the water.

                4 i sometimes leave them to soak over nite, depends how grubby they are.

                5 drain the beads in to the face cloth making sure you get no escapes

                6 bunch up the beads in the centre of the cloth, then pick the cloth up by the corners and scrunch round so the beads are all contained in the centre. holding the corners tight so there are no escapes run the cloth and beads under the tap. This rinses off the soapy water.

                7 give the bead bundle a quick squeeze to get rid of access water and empty on to 1 of the towels which is placed on a flat surface.

                8 fold the towel over the beads so its like a towel bead sandwich, then with your plams gently press down and roll the beads between the two layers of towel. the towel will soak up an water and clean the beads somemore. take about 10 minutes on this.

                9 empty beads on to the second towel and allow to dry


                don't use this method on pearls or mother of pearl, this proccess has only been successful with glass and plastic beads. If the beads are still grubby it may mean individually cleaning with a soft tooth brush, with a little water and washing up liquid.
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                • #9
                  cleaning beads

                  You will need a plastic jar with a screw on lid, the beads, try to remove all the stringing material and any wire, one of those net type face cloths(you can still get them in boots i think), 2 small towels, a small amount of washing up liquid.

                  1 half fill the jar with warm water, add a small squirt of washing up liquid.

                  2 add the beads, and top the water to 3/4 full.

                  3 gently swirl the beads around for about 5 mins or until you see bits of dirt in the water.

                  4 i sometimes leave them to soak over nite, depends how grubby they are.

                  5 drain the beads in to the face cloth making sure you get no escapes

                  6 bunch up the beads in the centre of the cloth, then pick the cloth up by the corners and scrunch round so the beads are all contained in the centre. holding the corners tight so there are no escapes run the cloth and beads under the tap. This rinses off the soapy water.

                  7 give the bead bundle a quick squeeze to get rid of access water and empty on to 1 of the towels which is placed on a flat surface.

                  8 fold the towel over the beads so its like a towel bead sandwich, then with your plams gently press down and roll the beads between the two layers of towel. the towel will soak up an water and clean the beads somemore. take about 10 minutes on this.

                  9 empty beads on to the second towel and allow to dry


                  don't use this method on pearls or mother of pearl, this proccess has only been successful with glass and plastic beads. If the beads are still grubby it may mean individually cleaning with a soft tooth brush, with a little water and washing up liquid.
                  http://twohootscraft.blogspot.com

                  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/home.php?ref=home

                  The owls made me do it.

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