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Old 2015-10-03, 4:32pm
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There are too many color names to keep up with and list. As Kathy said (thanks), any glass that produces a metallic surface has to be encased in non-lead clear. Even if the manufacturer says it contains only silver, if it's metallic is must be fully encased or it goes away. Until someone is willing to donate a hand-held XRF spectrometer so we can check for lead on the surface we will have to disallow any beads with metallic surfaces.

Etched beads are fine but I strongly recommend that you fully neutralize the etching acid by rinsing and then soaking the beads in washing soda for about 15 minutes before a final wash. Otherwise they continue to etch slowly and develop a white, powdery surface.

Robert Simmons
(Former) Director for Bead Donations
Beads of Courage, Inc.
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