How do you keep the color on beads?
Coat your beads with clear acrylic spray paint before working with them. If you’re working with seed beads, one way to do this is to pour them into a plastic zip bag, spray a bit of paint into the bag, shake the bag to coat the beads, and pour them onto plastic sheeting to dry.
What is Duracoat on beads?
“Duracoat®” is a durable clear coating for dyed or galvanized beads. It is a thicker and stronger coating than a traditional one. This means the colors will last and keep their brightness. No dulling or flaking like with ‘craft-brand’ beads.
What is AB coating on beads?
A: “AB,” or Aurora Borealis, is a bead treatment inspired by Northern Lights. It is a coating (usually on one side) applied to glass beads that creates a rainbow or iridescent effect. The effect was invented in 1955 by Swarovski in partnership with Christian Dior.
Can I spray paint glass beads?
Coat the primed beads with acrylic spray enamel. Hold the can 8 inches from the beads as you apply. Use glass spray paint on glass beads. Wait six hours for the finished beads to dry.
What supplies do I need to start beading?
Basic Supplies for Making Jewelry and Beading Projects
- Wire cutters.
- Round-nose pliers.
- Flat-nose pliers.
- Crimping tool (crimp pliers)
- Bead organizer with a variety of glass beads.
- Beading cord or thread.
- Memory wire.
- Big-eye beading needle.
What is the difference between Wildfire and Fireline?
Both threads are thin but incredibly strong, they are fray and stretch resistant, waterproof, easy to thread through a needle, and while Wildfire is available in more colors, Fireline is available in more thicknesses. If you are in the market for a strong beading thread, give Wildfire or Fireline a try!
What are luminous seed beads?
Luminous means shiny or bright or in other words dazzling. Beads are inside color lined. With seed bead sizing, in general, the larger the size number, the smaller the bead is in size.
Do Czech glass beads fade?
As far as durability goes, they have a great resistance to scratching and ultraviolet radiation, leaving you with a fade resistant color. Not unlike the above three types of Czech finishes, the luster coated beads are also a very popular finish among beaders and tend to fly off shelves as well.