Topics: Plastic Beads, Cleaning, Sealing

Q.
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.
- Sherylnn
A.
Clean these beads using a damp, soft cloth. Avoid any cleaning products as this may damage the light metallic coating and/or cause discoloration. Be sure to dry completely before storing.

If extra protection is desired, use a spray-on or brush-on fixative. Both SpectraFix™ and Mona Lisa™ Metal Leaf™ sealant are good options. This will seal the beads so they can be safely cleaned with a damp cloth without affecting the metallic coating. To help keep the holes clean, string the beads onto a piece of stiff wire, pipe cleaner or like item, then areas apply the fixative. Let dry. A full drying time of 24 hours is recommended.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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