Seed Bead Finishes and Treatment Durability
How long do finishes last on Miyuki seed beads? Miyuki shared their durability information using this chart. See below for descriptions of each finish.
|Miyuki Treatment Durability - Courtesy of Miyuki|
|Opaque||A solid color that no light passes through.|
|Transparent||A colored bead that light shines through clearly.|
|Matte (Frosted)||An etched surface that results in a velvety, frosted appearance.|
|Finish||Basic Explanation||Colors may change or fade due to bright sun (UV light) or deteriorate with time||Colors may rub off from friction or contact with skin acid||Colors will alter or fade from dry cleaning or exposure to strong solvents|
|Ceylon||Luster coating or inside coloring of opalescent beads||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use|
|Duracoat®||Durable clear coating on dyed or galvanized beads||No problem with regular use||There may be a problem with individual use over time||There may be a problem with durability with individual use|
|Dyed Color||Dyed color on the surface of the beads||Some issues with durability by individual use||Not highly durable, care is required for use||Not highly durable, care is required for use|
|Galvanized||Metal plating on the surface of beads--often silver||Some issues with durability by individual use||Not highly durable, care is required for use||Not highly durable, care is required for use|
|Gold Luster or Glazed Luster||Special luster glazed or gold luster glazed finishes||Not highly durable, care is required for use||Some issues with durability by individual use||Some issues with durability by individual use|
|Inside Color (Color-Lined)||Dyed color inside the hole of beads||Some issues with durability by individual use||No problem with regular use||Not highly durable, care is required for use|
|Luster||Standard clear luster coating||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use|
|Metal Lined||Metal lining inside the hole of beads--often silver, gold or copper||Some issues with durability by individual use||Some issues with durability by individual use||Some issues with durability by individual use|
|Metallic||Gunmetal, iris or bronze finish||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use|
|Rainbow (AB Coating)||Rainbow or AB (aurora borealis) coating on the outside of beads||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use|
|Silk||Silk white color with satin finish||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use|
|Sol-Gel||Color applied through a specialized coating treatment.||No problem with regular use||No problem with regular use||Some issues with durability|
|Metal Plated||Special metal platings on the outside of the bead such as silver, gold, nickel, and copper||No problem with regular use||Some issues with durability by individual use||No problem with regular use|
|Preciosa Treatment Durability - Courtesy of Preciosa
Ordinary cosmetics do not affect the glass and surface treatment. The surface layer does not dissolve. Neither the glass nor the surface treatment chemically interacts with fabrics or the skin.
When used for usual decorative purposes, Seed Beads are not negatively affected by perspiration. The surface treatment remains stable.
Color washing cycle with temperature of up to 40-degrees Celsius (100-degrees Fahrenheit)
The shelf life of Seed Beads will increase when stored in a dry and dark place.
Seed Beads are color fast when stored in a dry dark place. When used for common garment and jewelry applications Seed Beads maintain the same color. The color fastness has been tested according to the European CSN EN ISO 105-B02 Standard.
Silver lining may change the color when exposed to substances containing sulphur, acid or chlorine. Silver lining decays when exposed to these substances or if the silver lining's surface is mechanically scratched. Silver lining may discolor when stored in extreme heat and humidity.
Seed Beads and the surface treatments are wear resistant. Excessive friction can result in high wear and partial loss of the surface finish.
The above properties will hold as long as Seed Beads are not subjected to aggressive chemicals which would interact with glass or surface treatment.
Inside and outside coated Seed Beads should be handled with extra care. If holes are scratched beads will gradually change or lose color.
|Seed Bead Finishes
|AB (Aurora Borealis) - Named for the northern lights, aurora borealis is a term for crystal stones that have a highly iridescent surface.|
|Ceylon - A pearl luster finish. Sometimes the color of this bead fades when exposed to strong sunlight.|
|Duracoat - A clear coating that is applied to the outside of a Miyuki seed bead. This durable coating is thicker and stronger than traditional coatings, making it ideal for high-use items.|
|Inside Color - The surface layer is clear while the color adhered to the inside shows through the clear layer.|
|Iris - An iridescent coating with multiple hues, usually on dark, opaque beads|
|Luster - Transparent, opal or opaque beads with a transparent, uniform, slightly shiny finish that is usually permanent. Finishes may be white, colored or even gold.|
|Matte - A finish that has a dulled or less shiny, perhaps frosty appearance. Light does not reflect off the surface as it does witha highly polished surface. Matte beads have a velvety or frosted surface. You can matte finish your own beads with Dip N'Etch. Matte iridescent beads are both iridescent and matte. These cannot be etched to make simply matte.|
|Metallic or Galvanized - A shiny, very reflective coating that gives the bead a look of metal. Metallic or galvanized beads are glass with a shiny metal like surface coating that is usually a baked-on product. Test the beads overnight in bleach, aceton or alcohol to check for permanence. Try not to use on bracelets or backs of necklaces where they will receive abrasions or anywhere they may receive a lot of sunlight. Three or four coats of a spray fixative can prevent the surface from wearing off quickly. Bronze, hematite and copper are more permanent because they actually have a metallic luster finish.
|Opaque - Light cannot pass through an opaque bead because opaque beads transmit no light. You can't see the thread in an opaque bead.|
|Rainbow - An iridescent coating on the outside of either opaque or transparent beads.|
|Silver Lined - A transparent colored or clear outer layer which allows the silver lining on the inside to glisten through, giving added reflection. Silver-lined beads are made with a transparent or opal glass and have a mirror-like reflective lining in their holes. Usually, but not always, the hole is square to enhance the bead's reflectiveness.|
|Sol-Gel - Clear beads that have had a specialized coating treatment applied to provide long lasting color. The treatment protects the beads from exposure to sunlight, washing, cosmetic exposure, and body oils and acids. The colors are fade-resistant and washable in temperatures up to 100° F.|
|Translucent - Somewhat clear (not as clear as transparent) - light can pass through.|
|Transparent - Light passes through a transparent bead much like it would through a stained glass window. (You can see through it.) Transparent beads transmit light and you can see into or through them, even when they're colored. More lively or ''sparkly'' than opaque beads.
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