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Topics: Cleaning and Polishing

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I'm trying to polish glass nuggets. When they are wet they look perfect but as soon as they dry, they have a white powder-like coating. Any suggestions on how to keep that sparkling "wet" look? Thanks,
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Topics: Beads, Glass, AB Finish

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I have pale green glass rondelle beads (10mm) that have an AB finish which looks chintzy on them. Is there a way to gently remove the thin AB coating on one side which is scratching off? Thank you very much.
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Topics: Cabochons

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Several cabochon gemstones and paua shells do not exactly fit the settings I purchased for their size. How do I shave down the edges to make them fit?
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Topics: Metal Beads, Cleaning and Polishing

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I have some zinc alloy metal beads, and I don't know what the best way to polish them would be. Could you give me any instructions, please?
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Topics: Metal Beads, Pewter, Cleaning

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How do you clean pewter beads?
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Topics: Beads, Odor, Cleaning and Polishing

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I have some glass beads that have a smell to them. I have tried several times washing the beads in warm water and dish detergent. I cannot get out the smell. What do you suggest?
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Topics: Gemstone, Sodalite, Cleaning and Polishing

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Is there a simple way that I can increase the polished look of the commercial grade stone beads like the sodalite?
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Topics: Polishing Jewelry

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What are the pros and cons of using a jewelry tumbler for polishing jewelry as opposed to a hand held rotary tool?
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Topics: Beads, Tarnish

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I have some metal beads that I purchased at a craft store and used in a necklace. They have since darkened considerably to the point where I cannot wear the necklace that I made with the beads. What should I use to clean and seal the beads so they aren't so dark looking--or is there no hope for them?
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Topics: Tools, Preparing

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I understand that tools such as pliers, etc. should be conditioned before use. How do I do this?
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Topics: Cleaning, Polishing, Vintage Jewelry

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I was recently asked to try and clean a vintage necklace that has beading with 1 inch wire mesh between the beads. The wire mesh has become very dark and has turned green in some areas. She told me it is brass, however the green indicates copper. I am reluctant to clean it because I do not want to ruin the beads or strip the natural patina. I thought of taking a tiny brush with polish to the mesh, but not sure what cleaner or method to use. Do you have some advice for me? She wants to sell this piece in her store.
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Topics: Beads, Plated, Tarnish

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I had made 4 dozen "angels" using Delica 11/0 seed beads and had them individually boxed with the prefilled boxes from you over the summer months. I was looking at them now and a lot of them are tarnished especially the gold and silver "wings" on the angels. My instructor had me coat the angels with nail polish to seal the ends of the threads and also to stiffen them ... is there something I can use to clean the tarnish and polish them again? And what should I be using to prevent tarnishing in the future? Thanks! The angels that I have worn all summer are not tarnished and they are out in the open! I am certainly puzzled!
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Topics: Adhesive, Removal

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I have dried glue on some of my tools. I'd like to know what to use to safely remove it. I'm also ordering your 'stuff' for dipping the tips for wireworking. When I have the tips coated, is that going to interfere with using them for future projects? If so, should I purchase a separate set?
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Topics: Gemstone, Quartz, Cleaning

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I have found Quartz crystal; it is covered in red mud and black mud how do I remove this, I tried muriatic acid it either dulls the crystal or does not truly finish cleaning. I have tried soaking in detergent. What is the proper way to clean these????
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Topics: Plastic Beads, Cleaning, Sealing

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How do you care for silver (not real) coated acrylic beads. I had someone use CLR, which discolored the beads. I guess I need to provide instructions but I'm not sure what would be the best way to clean them, or is there some way I can coat them to provide extra protection. Thanks.
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Topics: Mother-of-Pearl Shell, Luster

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Can you bring the shine back to mother of pearl?
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Topics: Silver, Tarnish

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How can I keep silver plated fishhook ball/coil earwires from tarnishing? I have them on display for my retail customers and have to pull stock when they change color.
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Topics: Pearls, Cleaning

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When a natural pearl starts to discolor, does that mean it is "sick"?
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Topics: Jeweler's Tools, Fixative, Top Coat

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Hi - I've heard that to prevent costume jewelry from changing color, you can apply some clear nail polish on it. Is this true?
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Topics: Jeweler's Tools, Fixative

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Many of your metal plated seed beads suggest using an "artist's fixative" to keep the metal from wearing off. Would you spray the individual beads before using them, or the finished piece. If the finished piece, how do you get into the crevices of the piece. Will this also stop tarnishing? What can you do if a finished piece, copper in this case, has started to tarnish?
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